CAAB - Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota - Taxon report

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CAAB Taxon Report

Animalia (kingdom)  »  Chordata (phylum)  »  Holocephali (class)  »  Chimaeriformes (order)  »  Chimaeridae (family)

CAAB Code: 37 042001 show as JSON
Scientific Name
and Authority
Chimaera ogilbyi    Waite, 1898
CAAB category: 37 - Pisces Fishes Distribution map:

Expected distribution shown as red or purple polygon (source: Australian National Fish Expert Distributions)
Occurrence locations [485] shown as red or dark brown circles - View CSIRO Catch records
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Expected species depth range is from 120 to 350 m.

Photographic Index of Australian Fishes

Credit: CSIRO Australian National Fish Collection
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Family: Chimaeridae (Shortnose Chimaeras) - show full list
Common Name: Ogilby's Ghostshark
Common Names List: Ogilby's ghostshark
Ogilbys ghostshark
Ogilby's ghost shark
Recent Synonyms: Hydrolagus ogilbyi [in most references prior to 2018]
Hydrolagus lemures
Taxon lists: Current Australian list:
Commercial species list:
Standard Fish Names List:
Regions: Australia (inc. subantarctic territories)
Habitat: Shelf Demersal (40-200m)
Slope Demersal (200-2000m)
Parent Codes: 37 042902     Chimaera spp.
Organism Type: a shortnose chimaera
Taxon Notes:Finucci et al 2018 redescribed Chimaera ogilbyi, concluding from a detailed morphological and genetic assessment (using mitochondrial and nuclear markers) that a single species in this group is present in the Indo-Australian region (i.e Hydrolagus lemures is a synonym of Chimaera ogilbyi). The results failed to support the generic placement in Hydrolagus, suggesting they belong to genus Chimaera with doubt over validity of Hydrolagus as a genus. Chimaera ogilbyi occurs throughout Australia, eastern Indonesia and northern PNG.
Common/Standard Name Notes: "ghostshark" is the marketing name for this species

Australian Faunal Directory (AFD)
Name status: synonym    Checked on: 2019-11-21
View at Atlas of Living Australia
Fishes of Australia 1985    Checked on: 2020-10-20
View at Fishes of Australia
ITIS (USA) 564499
View at ITIS
World Register of Marine Species
Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2016-05-11
View at WoRMS    - also at Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) (report and map of occurrences)
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