The large-eyed rabbitfish (Hydrolagus mirabilis) is a species of fish in the Chimaeridae family. It is found in the Atlantic Ocean, most commonly the Northeast Atlantic. As you can guess, they are a relatively uncommon deepwater animal that occurs at depths of 450 to 1,933 m. It has been caught on the deep slopes off Iceland, Ireland, Hebrides and Scotland -- but wait, it was also reported off northwestern Africa, Namibia, and the Gulf of Mexico. How far their range is has yet to be determined.
Also known as the Blotched stingaree, the Mitotic stingaree (Urolophus mitosis) is endemic to Western Australia. In fact, it is only known from off Port Hedland! Clearly it is very restricted. This green-red (hard to see in the picture, I know) stingaree has large, pale blue blotches on its disc that truly seem to have no pattern. May be good for an ID project, someone!
Ever heard of Dr. Yannis Papastamatiou? He's one of those shark researchers that I hope to meet soon. Yannis has had some fun adventures - including filming for "700 Sharks"! Learn more about his work in this "Behind the Fins" series interview.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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