Genus Callorhinchus


Cartilaginous fishes with an elongate, almost entirely scale-less body, a heterocercal caudal fin, a single gill opening on either side of the head, two dorsal fins, with a large spine at the beginning of the first, and a distinctive hoe-shaped, proboscis-like snout.

Scales are only present on the claspers and the tenaculum of males that are used during copulation; anal fin close to but separate from rather similar lower lobe of caudal fin; pectoral fins large and falcate with sharply pointed tips.

Callorhinchus Lacepède 1798. Type species Chimaera callorynchus Linnaeus 1758.

Author: Martin F. Gomon & Dianne J. Bray

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Martin F. Gomon & Dianne J. Bray, Callorhinchus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 20 Feb 2020,


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