Hydrolagus africanus


African chimaera
Classification: Holocephali Chimaeriformes Chimaeridae

Reference of the original description
GILCHRIST, J.D.F. (1922)
Deep-sea fishes procured by the S.S. Pickle. Part 1. Report Fisheries and Marine Biological Survey, Union of South Africa, 2 (3): 41–79, Pls. 7–12

Image of the original description

Chimaera africanus GILCHRIST, 1922 valid as Hydrolagus africanus (GILCHRIST, 1922)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Chimaera africana, Hydrolagus cf. africanus

Hydrolagus africanus
Neotype: SAM: 34420;

Description :

Citation: Hydrolagus africanus (GILCHRIST, 1922): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 12/2018

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Hydrolagus africanus (GILCHRIST, 1922) Neotype SAM 34420; photo credit: Rob Leslie
Common names
eng African chimaera

Short Description
A small species of Hydrolagus distinguished from its congeners by a lateral patch of 1–3 denticles on the male prepelvic tenacula, a second dorsal fin slightly indented in the centre and a long, curved spine, equal to or sometimes exceeding the height of the first dorsal. Body colour is light brown, head often darker than the trunk, pale grayish brown ventral surface and dark brown fins that lighten near the body margin. [22850].

Western Indian Ocean: from Kenya and Mozambique to the Western Cape province, South Africa, and in the south-eastern Atlantic along the west coast of South Africa north to Angola. [22850]. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

Oviparous [17086].

Size / Weight / Age
TL min/max (n=65): 22,9 cm TL - 98,4 cm TL (male/female; [22850])

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 400 - 1000 m [22850]

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