Chimaera notafricana

KEMPER, EBERT, COMPAGNO & DIDIER, 2010


Cape chimaera
Classification: Holocephali Chimaeriformes Chimaeridae

Reference of the original description
KEMPER, J.M. & EBERT, D.A. & COMPAGNO, L.J.V. & DIDIER, D.A. (2010)
Chimaera notafricana sp. nov. (Chondrichthyes: Chimaeriformes: Chimaeridae), a new species of chimaera from southern Africa. Zootaxa, 2532: 55–63

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Types
Chimaera notafricana
Holotype: SAM: 34517; Paratype: SAIAB: 27132; SAIAB: 27133; SAM: 34429; SAM: 34428;


Description :


Citation: Chimaera notafricana KEMPER, EBERT, COMPAGNO & DIDIER, 2010: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 01/2021

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Cape Chimaera, Chimaera notafricana, Kemper, Ebert, Compagno & Didier, 2010 © Pacific Shark Research Center at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML)
Common names
eng Cape chimaera

Short Description
This species was assigned to the genus Chimaera based on the presence of an anal fin which is separate from the ventral caudal margin by a notch. It is distinguished from its congeners by a set of characters: uniform blackish brown color with dark bluish streaking and precaudal tail with longitudinal light and dark stripes; dorsal spine when depressed reaches beyond origin of second dorsal fin; large triangular pectoral fins, when depressed reaches just to pelvic-fin origin; caudal fin ventral margin ending very slightly posterior to caudal fin dorsal margin insertion; males with short pelvic claspers that are externally trifid, 12.1-12.3% BDL, not extending past distal tip of pelvic fins, divided for distal one-third of length; distance from anterior base of dorsal fin spine to center of supratemporal canal short, 6.5-14.8% HDL (Ref. 84536).

Distribution
Southeast Atlantic: from off Lüderitz, Namibia, around the Cape of Good Hope and eastwards to Algoa Bay, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Source: www.gbif.org

Biology
Deep-water

Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 83.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 84536); 93 cm TL (female)

Habitat
Bathydemersal; marine; depth range 680 - 1000 m (Ref. 84536)

Remarks
shark-references Species-ID=9314;