Chimaera notafricana sp. nov. (Chondrichthyes: Chimaeriformes: Chimaeridae), a new species of chimaera from southern Africa

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Kemper, J. M., Ebert, D. A., Compagno, L. J. V., & Didier, D. A. (2010). Chimaera notafricana sp. nov. (Chondrichthyes: Chimaeriformes: Chimaeridae), a new species of chimaera from southern Africa. Zootaxa, (2532), 55-63.
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TitleChimaera notafricana sp. nov. (Chondrichthyes: Chimaeriformes: Chimaeridae), a new species of chimaera from southern Africa
AuthorsJ. Kemper, D. Ebert, L. Compagno, D. Didier
AbstractA new species of chimaera, Chimaera notafricana sp. nov., is described from specimens collected off the west and south coasts of southern Africa. The new species is distinguished from its closest congener, the eastern North Atlantic Chimaera monstrosa, by a combination of morphometric characters and coloration: pectoral fin when depressed reaches to origin of pelvic fin base; caudal fin ventral margin terminating slightly posterior to caudal fin dorsal margin insertion; distance from anterior base of dorsal-fin spine to center of supratemporal canal short (6.5-14.8% HDL); pelvic claspers externally trifid and short (12.1-12.3% BDL), divided for distal one-third of length, not extending past distal tip of pelvic fins; uniform blackish brown with dark bluish streaking, precaudal tail with longitudinal light and dark stripes. This new species has a restricted distribution from Lüderitz, Namibia to south of Algoa Bay, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Copyright © 2010 Magnolia Press.
JournalZootaxa
Date2010
Issue2532
Start page55
End page63
ISSN1175-5326
SubjectsChimaera monstrosa, Chimaeridae, Chimaeriformes, Chondrichthyes, Hydrolagus affinis
NoteFish and Fisheries

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