The Australian Cownose Ray, Rhinoptera neglecta, has been observed in the north/east coast of Australia. They belong to the Rhinoptera family, and this family occurs in tropical and subtropical seas worldwide, often found entering estuaries. They should not be confused with the second species of cownose ray that occurs in Australian waters, the Javanese Cownose Ray, Rhinoptera javanica.
The silver chimaera (Chimaera phantasma) is a species of... well, chimaera. Surprise! It's in the Chimaeridae family, one of the three families of chimaeras. They are found in the waters near Australia, China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, New Caledonia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam. They love the open seas and at about a depth range of 60 - 550 metres.
The western highfin spurdog (Squalus altipinnis) is a dogfish of the Squalidae family found on the continental shelf off off Rowley Shoals Western Australia, down to about 510 metres deep.
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