The smallspine spookfish (Harriotta haeckeli) belongs to the family Rhinochimaeridae—the long-nosed chimaeras—and their snout is covered in sensory nerve endings to help it seek out food. It’s a pale brown chimaera with a darker tummy and a pale dorsal spine that precedes the first dorsal fin. They have a short, conical snout and super small eyes above their mouth. These chimaeras lack anal fins and have broadly rounded pectoral fins.
The Maugean skate (Zearaja maugeana) is a medium sized skate with quadrangular disc and an elongated snout. Their dorsal surface is a uniformly grey-black colour with pale spots smattered. They have fine denticles around their eyes and the midline, including their tail. Tails also have thorns on, them. #Finfact: Males have malar thorns present, while females do not. Their undersurface is dark but paler than the upper body.
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