The Order Chimaeriformes

Chimaeras


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25 species
These fish have an upper jaw immovably fixed to the cranium, four pairs of gills and six pairs of grinding teeth, which resemble small, flat plates. The males have a clasper in front of the eyes, probably used during courtship, and a pair in front of the pelvic fins. They live near the sea bottom. The spine in front of the dorsal fin is venemous in some species.

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