Chimaera ogilbyi

Waite, 1898

Ogilbys ghostshark
Classification: Holocephali Chimaeriformes Chimaeridae

Reference of the original description
Waite, E.R. (1898)
Sea fisheries : report upon trawling operations off the coast of New South Wales between the Manning River and Jervis Bay / carried on by H.M.C.S. "Thetis" Scientific report on the fishes. Official report, Sydney: 1–62, Pls. 1–12

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Chimaera tsengi, Chimaera waitei, Hydrolagus cf. lemures, Hydrolagus lemures, Hydrolagus ogilbyi, Hydrolagus tsengi, Hydrolagus waitei, Phasmichthys lemures, Psychichthys ogilbyi, Psychichthys waitei

Chimaera ogilbyi
Lectotype: AMS: I.3736; Paralectotype: AMS: I.3732 ; AMS: I.3734;
Chimaera tsengi
Holotype: Mus. Biol. Lab. Sci. Soc. China: 10020
Hydrolagus lemures
Holotype: AMS: E.3591; Paratype: AMS: E.3590;
Hydrolagus ogilbyi
Syntype: AMS: I.3732 ; AMS: I.3737; AMS: I.3736; AMS: I.3734; AMS: I.3737.001;
Hydrolagus waitei
Holotype: ANSP: 33119;

Description :

Citation: Chimaera ogilbyi Waite, 1898: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 08/2022

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Common names
eng Ghostshark, eng Ogilbys ghostshark, eng Ogilbys spookfish, eng Ratfish, eng Spookfish, eng Waite"s ghost shark, eng Whitefish

Short Description
Diagnosis after FINUCCI, B. & WHITE, W.T. & KEMPER, J.M. & NAYLOR, G.J.P. 2018 [25999]: Chimaera ogilbyi is distinguished from its congeners by the following combination of characters: no anal fin; lateral line with tight sinuous undulations; moderately long, narrow snout; relatively thick, nondeciduous skin; uniformly silvery greyish dorsally and laterally, paler ventrally; first dorsal fin mostly uniformly dark; second dorsal fin even height for whole length; preopercular and oral lateral line canals usually not sharing a common branch; dorsal spine long, usually longer than first dorsal fin; claspers slender, trifurcate, divided for more than half their length, not bulbous distally.

Indo-Australasian region [25999] Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial

Oviparous [17086].

Size / Weight / Age
femael (max): 602 mm BDL (1037 mm TL); male (max): 450 mm BDL (904 mm TL) [25999]

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 139–872 m (mostly 200–500 m) [25999]

shark-references Species-ID=1439;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Callorhynchocotyle hydrolagi Beverley-Burton & Chisholm, 1990 [14625]
  • Chimaericola colliei Beverley-Burton, Chisholm & Last, 1991 [14626]
  • Chimaericola ogilbyi Beverley-Burton, Chisholm & Last, 1991 [14626]

  • Gyrocotyle urna (Wagener, 1852) [16458]

  • Myzoxenus accidentalis Shvetsova, 1992 [21488]

  • Vanbenedenia chimaerae (Heegaard, 1962) [16962]