Neoharriotta pinnata (Schnakenbeck, 1931)
Sicklefin chimaera
Neoharriotta pinnata
photo by Jawad, L.A.

Family:  Rhinochimaeridae (Longnose chimaeras)
Max. size:  130 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 150 - 500 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Cape Blanc, Mauritania to Walvis Bay, Namibia (Ref. 4444). Indian Ocean: Arabian Sea (Ref. 45795) and India (Ref. 118627).
Diagnosis:  A longnose chimaera with a narrow, slightly flattened snout, and blunt-edged, ridged tooth plates; pectoral fins short and broad, anal fin large and curved, and caudal fin with no tubercles on upper edge but with a short terminal filament (Ref. 5578). Dark brown in color (Ref. 5578).
Biology:  Found on or near the bottom of the upper slope (Ref. 5578). Feeds on swimming crabs (Ref. 5578) and demersal fish (Ref. 27637). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Lays spindle-shaped eggs (Ref. 5578).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 31 January 2006 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 05.03.94
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 02.09.04
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 09.09.98

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