Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    pacifica
    Genus
    Rhinochimaera
    Family
    Rhinochimaeridae
    Order
    Chimaeriformes
    Class
    Chondrichthyes
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The Pacific Spookfish grows to over 1.2 m in length (without the caudal filament).

Introduction

The Pacific Spookfish is a very strange-looking, deepsea fish that has has a long, flexible snout.

Identification

The Pacific Spookfish has a long, flexible snout, small eyes and smooth tooth plates. It has two dorsal fins, the first is short-based and tall with a strong spine. The second is long-based and low. The species has a long caudal fin, the upper lobe of which has a row of fleshy tubercles.

It is brown above and grey-brown below. It has a white snout and black teeth.

Habitat

It is known from depths of 760 m to 1290 m.

Distribution

The species is found in scattered localities in the Western Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Ozcam map of Pacific Spookfish specimens in the Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?taxa=Rhinochimaera+pacifica#mapView

References

  1. Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 1994 Sharks and Rays of Australia. CSIRO. Pp. 513.
  2. Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia.Second edition. CSIRO. Pp. 644