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Rhinochimaeridae

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The Rhinochimaeridae, commonly known as long-nosed chimaeras,[2] are a family of cartilaginous fish. They are similar in form and habits to other chimaeras, but have an exceptionally long conical or paddle-shaped snout. The snout has numerous sensory nerve endings, and is used to find food such as small fish.[3] The first dorsal fin includes a mildly venomous spine, used in defense.[1]

Long-nosed chimaeras are found in temperate and tropical seas worldwide, from 200 to 2,000 m (660 to 6,560 ft) in depth.[1] They range from 60 to 140 cm (2.0 to 4.6 ft) in maximum total length, depending on species.

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Rhinochimaeridae in the Gulf of Mexico at roughly 4300 ft deep

Species

The eight known species are in three genera:[1]

Family Rhinochimaeridae

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Pacific longnose chimaera, Harriotta raleighana

References

  1. ^ a b c d Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2009). "Rhinochimaeridae" in FishBase. January 2009 version.
  2. ^ CBC News: Creepy deepwater fish surprises Nova Scotia fisherman
  3. ^ Stevens, H. & Last, P.R. (1998). Paxton, J.R. & Eschmeyer, W.N. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 69. ISBN 0-12-547665-5.

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Rhinochimaeridae: Brief Summary

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The Rhinochimaeridae, commonly known as long-nosed chimaeras, are a family of cartilaginous fish. They are similar in form and habits to other chimaeras, but have an exceptionally long conical or paddle-shaped snout. The snout has numerous sensory nerve endings, and is used to find food such as small fish. The first dorsal fin includes a mildly venomous spine, used in defense.

Long-nosed chimaeras are found in temperate and tropical seas worldwide, from 200 to 2,000 m (660 to 6,560 ft) in depth. They range from 60 to 140 cm (2.0 to 4.6 ft) in maximum total length, depending on species.

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