Deep-water chimera. Hydrolagus affinis, the Smalleyed rabbitfish

Deep-water chimera. Hydrolagus affinis, the Smalleyed rabbitfishDeep-water chimera. Hydrolagus affinis, the Smalleyed rabbitfishDeep-water chimera. Hydrolagus affinis, the Smalleyed rabbitfish


a deep-water chimera. The species is Hydrolagus affinis, the Smalleyed rabbitfish. This is a reasonably common deep-water species that lives in the Northern Atlantic at depths of 300-3000m. It is in the same class as the sharks. It was described in 1868. Unfortunately for this fish it has a high infection rate from various parasites (nine have been recorded). The most visible is a copepod (crustacean) parasite, Lernaeopodina longibrachia, that attaches to the cornea. This parasite infects around 80% of individuals.

Item Type:Image
Title:Deep-water chimera. Hydrolagus affinis, the Smalleyed rabbitfish
Creator(s):Jones, Daniel
Identification:Jones, Daniel
Date:21 October 2011
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata (Chordates) > Class Holocephali > Order Chimaeriformes > Family Chimaeridae
Species:Hydrolagus affinis
Site:Atlantic > North Atlantic
Site Description:Seafloor
Depth (m):2300
Latitude:47 deg 45' 40" N
Longitude:12 deg 13' 46" W
UTM Zone:29
Habitat:soft sediment
Project Partners:Subsea7
Keywords:chimera, rabbitfish
Deposited By:Dr Daniel Jones
Deposited On:09 November 2011

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