a family of fishes of the order Chimaeriformes of the subclass Holocephali. The snout is greatly elongated and pointed; the ventral fins in the males form the copulatory organ (claspers). The body reaches 1 m in length.
There are three genera: Harriotta, Neoharriotta (with two species), and Rhinochimaera (with two species). Rhinochimaeridae live in deeper waters than any other fishes in their order, inhabiting depths of 200 to 2,500 m.
REFERENCESNikol’skii, G. V. Chastnaia ikhliologiia, 3rd ed. Moscow, 1971.
Zhizn’zhivotnykh, vol. 4, part 1. Moscow, 1971.