Chimaera lignaria

DIDIER, 2002

Carpenter's chimaera
Classification: Holocephali Chimaeriformes Chimaeridae

Reference of the original description
DIDIER, D.A. (2002)
Two new species of chimaeroid fishes from the southwestern Pacific Ocean (Holocephali, Chimaeridae). Ichthyological Research, 49 (4): 299–306

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Chimaera lignaria
Holotype: NMNZ: P20349; Paratype: CSIRO: H 2882-01; CSIRO: H 2300-01; CSIRO: H 603-01; NMNZ: P30750; NMNZ: P24451; NMNZ: P26252; NMNZ: P16213; NMNZ: P20139; NMNZ: P16047; NMNZ: P15774; NMNZ: P12119; NMNZ: P07222;

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Citation: Chimaera lignaria DIDIER, 2002: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2021

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Common names
eng Carpenter"s chimaera, eng Giant chimaera

Short Description
Purplish color. Massive head with blunt snout. Preopercular and oral lateral line canals sharing a common branch. Males with bifurcated claspers, divided for the distal 1/3 of length, purple at the base with white fleshy tips. Skin firm and not deciduous.

Southwest Pacific: New Zealand and Tasmania. Commonly collected from the fishing grounds of the Tasman Rise, Hikurangi Trough, Challenger Plateau, and Lord Howe Rise. Source:

Oviparous [17086]. Occurs on the continental slope (Ref. 75154).

Size / Weight / Age
142 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 45044))

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 400 - 1800 m (Ref. 45044), usually 800 - 1800 m (Ref. 45044)

shark-references Species-ID=1429;