Purple chimaera

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Purple chimaera
Hydrolagus purpurescens.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Chimaeriformes
Family: Chimaeridae
Genus: Hydrolagus
Species: H. purpurescens
Binomial name
Hydrolagus purpurescens
(C. H. Gilbert, 1905)

The purple chimaera or purple ghostshark (Hydrolagus purpurescens) is a species of fish in the Chimaeridae family found off Japan and the United States. Its natural habitat is open seas, and it is threatened by habitat loss.[1]


  1. ^ Dagit, D.D. 2005. Hydrolagus purpurescens. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 3 August 2007.