Chimaera lignaria Didier, 2002
Carpenter's chimaera
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Family:  Chimaeridae (Shortnose chimaeras or ratfishes)
Max. size:  142 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 400 - 1800 m
Distribution:  Pacific: New Zealand and Tasmania. Commonly collected from the fishing grounds of the Tasman Rise, Hikurangi Trough, Challenger Plateau, and Lord Howe Rise.
Diagnosis:  Purplish color. Massive head with blunt snout. Preopercular and oral lateral line canals sharing a common branch. Males with bifurcated claspers, divided for the distal 1/3 of length, purple at the base with white fleshy tips. Skin firm and not deciduous.
Biology:  Males and females reach sexual maturity at 60-70 cm BDL (usually 100 cm TL) (Ref. 45044). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Eggs are encased in horny shells (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 18 February 2015 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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