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Order Chimaeriformes
Family Callorhinchidae

Marine fish with cartilaginous skeleton. Silver in color, and often have irregular dark blotches on the sides and fins. They have a distinctive flexible, trunk-like projection at the tip of the snout. This “trunk” has earned them the name elephant fishes or elephant sharks despite the fact that they neither true fish nor shark. This is a type of chimaera, a cartilaginous fish related to sharks and rays. Other characteristics include an elongate body, presence of an anal fin, an arched caudal fin, very large pectoral fins, and two widely spaced dorsal fins. The first fin has a serrated spine at its front, and the second is relatively tall with a short base compared to other chimaera species.

FAO code
Callorhinchus callorynchus
Blue fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 77: the Eastern Central part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 87: the Southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
International denominations
France Masca laboureur
Italy Callorinco
United Kingdom Elephantfish
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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