Callorhinchus callorynchus

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Classification: Holocephali Chimaeriformes Callorhinchidae

Reference of the original description
Linné, C. (1758)
Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, regnum animale, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus differentiis synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Stockholm, Laurentii Salvii, 824pp.

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Callorhinchus callorhynchus, Callorhinchus smythii, Callorhynchus antarctica, Callorhynchus antarcticus, Callorhynchus argenteus, Callorhynchus callorhynchus, Callorhynchus callorynchus, Callorhynchus cf. callorhynchus, Callorhynchus elephantinus, Callorhynchus peronii, Callorhynchus smythi, Callorhynchus smythii, Callorhynchus tritoris, Callorynchus antarcticus, Callorynchus callorynchus, Callorynchus elephantinus, Callorynchus smythii, Callorynchus tritoris, Chimaera callorhinchus, Chimaera callorhynchus, Chimaera callorynchus, Chimaera collorhynchus, Chimaera collorinchus

Callorhinchus callorynchus
Syntype: MNHN: 2562; MNHN: 2563; MNHN: 2564; MNHN: 2583;
Callorhynchus antarcticus
XXXX: No types known;
Callorhynchus elephantinus
XXXX: No types known;
Callorhynchus peronii
Syntype: MNHN: 2583; MNHN: 2564; MNHN: 2562; MNHN: 2563;
Callorhynchus smythii
XXXX: No types known;
Callorhynchus tritoris
Holotype: MCZ: 89504 (tracking number, specimen lost)
Callorynchus elephantinus
XXXX: No types known;

Description :

Citation: Callorhinchus callorynchus (Linnaeus, 1758): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2024

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Callorhinchus callorynchus (Linnaeus, 1758); Chile © Ignacio Contreras, Laboratorio de Zoología de Vertebrados Facultad de Ciencias, U. de Chile
Common names
spa Achagual, spa Chalgua, spa Gallo, spa Hijo del país, spa Músico, spa Peje gallo, spa Peje-gallo, spa Pejegallo, spa Pexe gallo, spa Pez elefante, spa Pez gallo, spa Pez músico, spa Ñato, fra \(T\) Masca, fra \(T\) Masca laboureur, eng Cockfish, eng Elephant fish, eng Elephantfish, eng Plownose chimaera, eng Rooster fish, por Acagual, por Cascudo, por Peixe-coelho, por Peixe-elefante, por Peixe-rato, por Quimera, por Quimera-antártica

Short Description
Pectorals very large [20201].
Diet consists primarily of shelled invertebrate prey, particularly bivalve molluscs, gastropods and polychaetes. Differences in the diet of males and females and between juveniles and adults are attributed to prey availability and morphology and behavior of predators (e.g., tooth plates of juveniles are not as large or strong as those of adults) [22803].
Patagonian Waters (Argentina): Three species of bivalve molluscs (Pitar rostratus, Aequipecten tehuelchus and Ennucula puelcha) and flabelligerid polychaetes were predominant in the diet of males. The scallop Zygochlamys patagonica dominated the diet of females. The diet of juveniles consisted of small gastropods (Olivella sp.), bivalves with fragile shells (e.g. Pandora cistula), amphipods and polychaetes. [11373].

Ranges from Southern Brazil to Southern Patagonia in the southwest Atlantic and from Peru and Chile in the southeast Pacific. It has also been reported from the Argentine section of the Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego [3769]. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: commercial

Oviparous [733]; Females mature at 49 cm SL and males at 40 cm SL. The maximum recorded size for C. callorhynchus is 102 cm total length (TL) (Di Giácomo and Perier 1994). Size at birth is 13 cm TL and gestation time is probably in the region of 6 to 12 months [18493]

Size / Weight / Age
Maximum recorded size for females is 102 cm total length (TL) and 85 cm TL for males [18493]

demersal; marine; depth: about 170 m, however there are reported captures of this species from 481 m off Chile [18493]

shark-references Species-ID=670;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Callorhynchicola branchialis Brinkmann, 1952 [21228] [22565]
  • Callorhynchicola multitesticulatus Manter, 1955 [22565]
  • Callorhynchocotyle callorhynchi (Manter 1955) [22565]
  • Callorhynchocotyle marplatensis Suriano & Incorvaia, 1982 [22539]

  • Rugogaster callorhinchi Amato & Pereira, 1995 [21494]

  • Prokroyeria meridionalis (Ramirez, 1975) [15948]