Leopard chimaera

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Leopard chimaera
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Chimaeriformes
Family: Chimaeridae
Genus: Chimaera
Species: C. panthera
Binomial name
Chimaera panthera
(Didier, 1998)

The leopard chimaera, Chimaera panthera, is a species of fish in the Chimaeridae family endemic to New Zealand. Its natural habitat is open seas.

It is large chimaeroid endemic to New Zealand waters. It is known from very few specimens from three localised areas at depths of 327 to 1,020 m. May have a wider distribution than is known. Nothing is known of its biology. It is vulnerable to bottom longlines and possibly bottom trawling in the upper part of its depth range but there is little fishing effort throughout most of its known distribution. Not enough information is available to assess the species beyond "Data Deficient".


  1. ^ Duffy, C. 2003. Chimaera panthera. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 3 August 2007.