Chimaera phantasma


Silver chimaera
Classification: Holocephali Chimaeriformes Chimaeridae

Reference of the original description
JORDAN, D.S. & SNYDER, J.O. (1900)
A list of fishes collected in Japan by Keinosuke Otaki, and by the United States Streamer Albatross, with descriptions of fourteen new species. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 23: 335–380, 12 pls.

Image of the original description
No image in first description.

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Chimaera cf. phantasma, Chimaera pseudomonstrosa

Chimaera phantasma
Holotype: USNM: 49398
Chimaera pseudomonstrosa
Holotype: Mus. Biol. Lab. Sci. Soc. China: 10487

Description :

Citation: Chimaera phantasma JORDAN & SNYDER, 1900: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2021

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Lateral view of Chimaera phantasma, female (MLML TAI–182, 663 mm TL); In: LAST, P.R. & WHITE, W.T. & POGONOSKI, J.J. (2008): Chimaera argiloba sp. nov, a new species of chimaerid (Chimaeriformes: Chimaeridae) from northwestern Australia. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 22: 341-348
Common names
eng Chimaera, eng Ghost shark, eng Silver chimaera

Western Pacific: Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: commercial

Oviparous [17086]. Found in continental shelves and upper slopes. Feeds mainly on small benthic animals[17641]

Size / Weight / Age
100.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 637))

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 90 - 540 m (Ref. 9904)

shark-references Species-ID=1442;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Callorhynchocotyle sagamiensis KITAMURA, OGAWA, TANIUCHI & HIROSE, 2006 [7405] [21223]

  • Multicalyx elegans (OLSSON, 1869) [21432]
  • Rugogaster hydrolagi SCHELL, 1973 [21432]