Shortspine Chimaera, Chimaera obscura Didier, Last & White 2008

Other Names: Short Spine Chimaera

Shortspine Chimaera, Chimaera obscura. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A robust, dark-skinned chimaera with the first dorsal spine usually shorter than the first dorsal fin, giving it its name. The shortspine chimaera has a range that overlaps that of the southern chimaera, althought the two may be closely related it is smaller in size, darker, and genetically distinct.

Cite this page as:
Matt B. Reardon & Dianne J. Bray, Chimaera obscura in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Jul 2024,

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37042006

Biology:Egg layer

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Danger:Dorsal spine





Max Size:69cm


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