Similar term(s): ratfish, elephantfish, ghost sharks.
Chimaera is the common name of a group of fish species that are all closely related to sharks and rays. They are also called ghost sharks.
Chimaeras live on temperate ocean floors and can grow to be up to 2 meters long.
They have a skeleton made up of cartilage, a smooth scaleless skin, a poisonous spine located in front of their dorsal fin, and a whip-like tail.
Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer