Callorhinchus capensis

Duméril, 1865

Cape elephantfish
Classification: Holocephali Chimaeriformes Callorhinchidae

Reference of the original description
Dumeril, A.H.A. (1865)
Histoire naturelle des poissons ou ichthyologie générale. Tome Premier. Elasmobranchés. Plagiostomes et Holocéphales ou Chimères. Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret, Paris. 720 pp

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Callorhynchus capensis, Callorynchus capensis

Callorhinchus capensis
Syntype: MNHN: A-7981; MNHN: 4294;

Description :

Citation: Callorhinchus capensis Duméril, 1865: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 08/2022

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Common names
deu \(T\) Totenkopfchimäre, spa Pejegallo del Cabo, spa Quimera del cabo, fra \(T\) Masca du Cap, eng Cape elephantfish, eng Elephantfish, eng St. Joseph, por Peixe-elefante

Short Description
An elephant fish with a hoe-like snout and arched caudal fin [536]. Silvery or bronzy with brown markings on flanks and head; fin webs brown [536].

Southeast Atlantic: Namibia to the Cape and Natal in South Africa (Ref. 5578, 58304). Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; gamefish: yes; price category: low; price reliability: reliable: based on ex-vessel price for this species

Oviparous [733]. Found from close inshore and shallow bays to the slope [536]. Feeds on small fish, benthic invertebrates and crustaceans [536] [17736].

Size / Weight / Age
122 cm TL (male/unsexed; [20091]); max. published weight: 5,250 g (Ref. 40637)

demersal; marine; depth range 10 - 374 m [536], usually 10 - 200 m [20091]

shark-references Species-ID=671;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Gyrocotyle plana Linton, 1924 [27243]

  • Probolitrema callorhynchi Parukhin, 1966 (nomen nudum) [27172]

  • Anilocra capensis Leach, 1818 [27243]