Black ghostshark

The Black ghostshark lives in the bathydemersal, marine, depth range 866 - 1447 m environment.

The Eastern Pacific black ghostshark (Hydrolagus melanophasma) lives off the coast of California and Baja California (Mexico) and in the Sea of Cortez (which is in the Gulf of California). More

The Eastern Pacific Black Ghostshark is a bizarre, highly unusual, newly discovered species… yet it was found off the coast of California. More

black ghostshark taken by a deep-water submersible in the Sea of Cortez.. This is an Eastern Pacific black ghostshark (Hydrolagus melanophasma), a new species from California and Baja California. Photo courtesy of: MBARI. More

Eastern Pacific black ghostshark (Hydrolagus melanophasma), was described in the international journal Zootaxa by a research team including California Academy of Sciences Research Associates David Ebert and Douglas J. Long. More

"dead pickled fish" that the Eastern Pacific black ghostshark was recognized as its own new species, said study co-author Douglas Long, chief curator in natural sciences at the Oakland Museum of California>. The specimens' unique proportions, precisely measured, gave the fish away as a separate species of ghostshark. More

Pacific black ghostshark (Hydrolagus melanophasma), is the first new species of cartilaginous fish to be described from California waters since 1947. More

Common names

Black ghostshark in English

Order : Chimaeriformes
Family : Chimaeridae
Genus : Hydrolagus
Species : Hydrolagus homonycteris
Authority : Didier, 2008