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Genus: Neoharriotta, Sicklefin Chimaera, Sicklefin Chimaeras

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



Body compressed, elongate, tapering to a filamentous tail; head large; snout slender, very long, with wide base, tapering to a fine point, tip not curved up, without tubercles; 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, 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; anal fin present, distinct, separated from lower caudal lobe by a distinct notch; pectoral fins broad, short; 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.

A genus from the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with 4 species; one endemic species in the Greater Caribbean.