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Related to ratfish: Chimaeriformes

ratfish:

see chimaerachimaera
, cartilaginous marine fish, related to the sharks. Also called ratfishes, chimaeras are found in temperate oceans throughout the world, mostly in deep water. They have large heads, long, thin, ratlike tails, and large, fanlike pectoral fins.
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ratfish

[′rat‚fish]
(vertebrate zoology)
The common name for members of the chondrichthyan order Chimaeriformes.
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Ratfish are deep water fish which take their name from their long slender tails.
The flesh is edible, and ratfish liver oil is used for gun oil and fine instruments.
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Spotted Ratfish was the only species for which no trend or apparent change in abundance over the sampling period was observed (Table 2; Fig.
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Partial CCA results for the October+July and all-months samples confirmed that 160 m was dominated by spotted ratfish and small spiny dogfish, but that Pacific hake (Merluccius productus), rex sole (Glyptocephalus zachirus), and dover sole (Microstomus pacificus) also typified that depth (Fig.
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