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.
There is no fishery that exists for them - and no data on bycatch rates- but it could potentially become threatened by the mounting pressure of deepwater fishing. Like many other chimaeras, we know nothing about their population numbers, ecology and reproduction, but it probably is similar to other Hydrolagus species. The IUCN has assessed them as Near Threatened (NT).
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