Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Holocephali > Order: Chimaeriformes > Family: Chimaeridae > Genus: Chimaera > Species: Chimaera monstrosa

Ghost shark - Chimaera monstrosa Linnaeus, 1758

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Near Threatened (IUCN)
Natura 2000 species code 5602

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Borrico Spanish Fishbase
Cat French Fishbase
Chimäre German Fishbase
Chimera Italian Fishbase
Chimera a. przeraza Polish Fishbase
Chimère French Fishbase
Chimère commune French Fishbase
Escopeta Spanish Fishbase
Evropeiskaya khimera Russian Fishbase
Far tal-bahar Maltese Fishbase
Fenek tal-bahar Maltese Fishbase
Gata moixa Spanish Fishbase
Gato Spanish Fishbase
Gato de mar Spanish Fishbase
Gátos Greek Fishbase
Geirnyt Icelandic Fishbase
Ghost shark English Fishbase
Guinea Spanish Fishbase
Gurdien tal-bahar Maltese Fishbase
Hågylling Norwegian Fishbase
Havmus Danish Fishbase
Havmus Norwegian Fishbase
Havsmus Swedish Fishbase
Himera Greek Fishbase
Himera Serbian Fishbase
King of the herring English Fishbase
Kokenjersorja Albanian Fishbase
Lapin French Fishbase
Masca French Fishbase
Masco French Fishbase
Meerkatze German Fishbase
Monstrueuse French Fishbase
Peis fera French Fishbase
Quimera Spanish Fishbase
Quimera común Spanish Fishbase
Rabbit fish English Fishbase
Rabbit fish(Rat-tail English Fishbase
Rabbitfish English Fishbase
Rat de mer French Fishbase
Rat fish English Fishbase
Ratazana Portuguese Fishbase
Ratfish English Fishbase
Rattail English Fishbase
Roi des harengs French Fishbase
Sea rat English Fishbase
Seekatze German Fishbase
Seeratte German Fishbase
Sillikuningas Finnish Fishbase
Singe de mer French Fishbase
Spöke German Fishbase
Synonym Author
Chimaera argentea Ascanius, 1772
Chimaera borealis Shaw, 1804
Chimaera mediterranea Risso, 1826
Chimaera cristata Faber, 1829
Chimaera arctica Gistel, 1848
Chimaera dubia Osorio, 1909

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
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NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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