Ogilby's Ghostshark, Chimaera ogilbyi Waite 1898

Other Names: Bight Ghost Shark, Bight Ghostshark, Blackfin Ghost Shark, Blackfin Ghostshark, Ghost Shark, Ghostshark, Ogilby's Ghost Shark, Ogilbys Ghostshark, Ogilbys Spookfish, Ratfish, Spookfish, Waite's Ghost Shark, Whitefish

Ogilby's Ghostshark, Chimaera ogilbyi. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A pale, slender, silvery ghostshark with a relatively long snout and a black margin along the dorsal fins. Males have robust bifurcate claspers, and females lay eggs encased in horny shells.

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Bray, D.J. & Reardon, M.B. 2018, Chimaera ogilbyi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Feb 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1985

Ogilby's Ghostshark, Chimaera ogilbyi Waite 1898

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Off Cairns, Queensland, to off Scott Reef , Western Australia, including Tasmania.


Finucci et al (2018) synonymised the Blackfin Ghostshark Hydrolagus lemures with Ogilby's Ghostshark, in a detailed morphological and molecular study.


Bray, D.J. & Reardon, M.B. 2018


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Ogilby's Ghostshark, Chimaera ogilbyi Waite 1898


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. (as Hydrolagus lemures)

Bigelow, H.B. & Schroeder, W.C. 1953. Chimaeroids. pp. 515-588 figs 118-127 in Parr, A.E. (ed.). Fishes of the western North Atlantic. Memoir. Sears Foundation of Marine Research 1(2): 1-599 (as Hydrolagus lemures and H. ogilbyi)

Compagno, L.J.V. 1999. Chimaeras. pp. 1532-1537 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068. (as Hydrolagus lemures)

Didier, D.A. 1995. Phylogenetic systematics of extant chimaeroid fishes (Holocephali, Chimaeroidei). American Museum Novitates 3119: 1-86 (as Hydrolagus lemures and H. ogilbyi)

Finucci, B., White, W.T., Kemper, J.M. & Naylor, G.J.P. 2018. Redescription of Chimaera ogilbyi (Chimaeriformes; Chimaeridae) from the Indo-Australian region. Zootaxa 4375 (2): 191-210.

Fowler, H.W. 1908. A collection of fishes from Victoria, Australia. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia 59(3): 419-444 figs 1-10 [dated 1907] (as Hydrolagus (Psychichthys) waitei)

Glover, C.J.M. 1994. Families Chimaeridae, Callorhynchidae, Rhinochimaeridae. pp. 185-193 figs 164-192 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs. (as Hydrolagus lemures and H. ogilbyi)

Gomon, M.F. 2008. Families Dasyatidae, Myliobatidae, Chimaeridae, Callorhinchidae, Rhinochimaeridae. 138-149 pp. in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. (as Hydrolagus lemures and H. ogilbyi)

Graham, K.J., Andrew, N.L. & Hodgson, K.E. 2001. Changes in the relative abundances of sharks and rays on Australian South East Fishery trawl grounds after twenty years of fishing. Marine and Freshwater Research 52: 549–561. (as Hydrolagus lemures and H. ogilbyi)

Last, P.R., Scott, E.O.G. & Talbot, F.H. 1983. Fishes of Tasmania. Hobart : Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority 563 pp. figs. (as Hydrolagus lemures and H. ogilbyi)

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Canberra : CSIRO Australia 513 pp. 84 pls. (as Hydrolagus lemures and H. ogilbyi)

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Australia 2, 550 pp. (as Hydrolagus lemures and H. ogilbyi

May, J.L. & Maxwell, J.G.H. 1986. Field Guide to Trawl Fish from Temperate Waters of Australia. Hobart : CSIRO Division of Marine Research 492 pp. (as Hydrolagus lemures and H. ogilbyi

Rigby, C.L., Dagit, D.D. & Kyne, P.M. 2016. Hydrolagus ogilbyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T60195A68630008. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T60195A68630008.en. Downloaded on 16 March 2018.

Scott, T.D., Glover, C.J.M. & Southcott, R.V. 1974. The Marine and Freshwater Fishes of South Australia. Adelaide : Government Printer 392 pp. figs. (as Hydrolagus lemures and H. ogilbyi)

Stead, D.G. 1963. Sharks and Rays of Australian Seas. Sydney : Angus & Robertson 211 pp. 63 figs. (as Hydrolagus lemures and H. ogilbyi)

Waite, E.R. 1898. Report upon Trawling Operations off the Coast of New South Wales between the Manning River and Jervis Bay, carried on by H.M.C.S. Thetis. Scientific report on the fishes. pp. 23–62 pls 1–12. 

Waite, E.R. 1899. Scientific results of the trawling expedition of H.M.C.S. Thetis off the coast of New South Wales. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 4: 1-132 figs 1-10 pls 1-31 

Walker, T.I., Stevens, J.D., Braccini, J.M., Daley, R.J., Huveneers, C., Irvine, S.B., Bell, J.D., Tovar‐Ávila, J.,Trinnie, F.I., Phillips, D.T., Treloar, M.A., Awruck, C.A., Gason, A.S., Salini, J. and Hamlett W.C. 2008. Rapid assessment of sustainability for ecological risk of shark and other chondrichthyan bycatch species taken in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery. Final report to Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Project No. 2002/033. (July 2008) 354 + v pp. Fisheries Research Brand, Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia. (as Hydrolagus lemures and H. ogilbyi)

Whitley, G.P. 1939. Taxonomic notes on sharks and rays. The Australian Zoologist 9(3): 227-262 figs 1-18 pls 20-22 (as Phasmichthys lemures)

Whitley, G.P. 1940. The Fishes of Australia. Part 1. The sharks, rays, devil-fish, and other primitive fishes of Australia and New Zealand. Sydney : Roy. Zool. Soc. N.S.W. 280 pp. 303 figs.  (as Hydrolagus lemures and H. ogilbyi)

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CAAB Code:37042001

Conservation:IUCN Vulnerable

Danger:Dorsal spine

Depth:120-700 m

Fishing:Commercial, by-catch


Max Size:58 cm TL


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