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Species: Neoharriotta carri, Dwarf Sicklefin Chimaera, Pale Sicklefin Chimaera

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top head profile convex
snout not upturned
male C top edge smooth
top tooth plates rough
A present

Neoharriotta carri Bullis & Carpenter, 1966

Dwarf Sicklefin Chimaera, Pale Sicklefin Chimaera

Body compressed, elongate, tapering to a filamentous tail; head large; snout slender, very long (41.7-49.5% head length), with wide base, tapering to a sharp point, without tubercles, upper profile concave, lower profile ~straight; eyes large, bright green; nostrils large, before mouth, connected to outer corner of mouth by a deep groove covered with a flap; mouth under head, slightly before eyes; teeth are rough plates, 2 pairs above, 1 pair below; gill opening before pectoral, covered by fleshy operculum; 2 separate dorsal fins; 1st dorsal fin relatively small, short based (base 11.7-15.5% body length), triangular, erect, spine at front serrated, about as high as fin or slightly higher, straight to slightly curved; 2nd dorsal fin low, long based, height relatively even to convex, its base relatively short (22.7-29.8% body length), ends over/slightly before anal fin origin; anal fin present, distinct, separated from lower caudal lobe by a distinct notch; pectoral fins broad, long, reach well past pelvic base, to middle of 2nd dorsal fin; pelvic fins broadly rounded; tail fin elongate, oval, upper and lower lobes unequal in height, lower lobe usually higher, with a whip-like rear filament, top lobe of fin without tubercles; lateral line canals well developed, on head and body noticeably open; skin smooth, no scales. Juveniles with spiny denticles on head (row of 4 pairs), 3 pairs between dorsal fins and 7 pairs between 2nd dorsal and caudal fins.

Pale grey, darker above; fins dark grey to blackish

Reaches 120 cm.

On soft bottoms.

Depth range 90-600 m

Guatemala to Venezuela

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Near threatened
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 120
Depth Range Min
  • 90
Depth Range Max
  • 600