Chimaera phantasma

Jordan & Snyder, 1900

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

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 08/2022

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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]

  • Thaumastognathia bicorniger Ota, Kurashima & Horie, 2022 [30445]