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Smallspine spookfish
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Chimaeriformes
Family: Rhinochimaeridae
Genus: Harriotta
H. haeckeli
Binomial name
Harriotta haeckeli
Karrer, 1972

The smallspine spookfish (Harriotta haeckeli) is a species of fish in the Rhinochimaeridae family found near Greenland, New Zealand, Spain, and the United States.[2] Its natural habitat is open seas.[2]


This species was first described by Christine Karrer in 1972.[3] It has been hypothesised that some records of H. raleighana might refer to H. haeckeli.[4]


H. haeckeli is a small species compared to others in its genus and is coloured pale brown with darker shading on its underside.[4]


This species can be found near Greenland, the Canary Islands, in the Indian Ocean, around southeastern Australia and southwestern New Zealand.[4] It normally lives at depths greater than 1500 m.[4]

Conservation status

This species is threatened by habitat loss.[1] However, in June 2018 the New Zealand Department of Conservation classified the smallspine spookfish as "Not Threatened" under the New Zealand Threat Classification System.[5] The IUCN has classified this species as of Least Concern.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Dagit, D.D.; Walls, R.H.L. (19 February 2015). "Harriotta haeckeli". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Binohlan, Crispina B.; Garilao, Cristina V. "Harriotta haeckeli Karrer, 1972 Smallspine spookfish". fishbase. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  3. ^ Karrer, Christine (1972). "Die Gattung Harriotta Goode and Bean, 1895 (Chondrichthyes, Chimaeriformes, Rhinochimaeridae). Mit Beschreibung einer neuen Art aus dem Nordatlantik". Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. Zoologisches Museum und Institut für Spezielle Zoologie (Berlin). 48 (1): 203–221. doi:10.1002/mmnz.19720480110. ISSN 1860-0743.
  4. ^ a b c d Roberts, Clive; Stewart, A. L.; Struthers, Carl D.; Barker, Jeremy; Kortet, Salme; Freeborn, Michelle (2015). The fishes of New Zealand. 2. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Papa Press. p. 51. ISBN 9780994104168. OCLC 908128805.
  5. ^ Duffy, Clinton A. J.; Francis, Malcolm; Dunn, M. R.; Finucci, Brit; Ford, Richard; Hitchmough, Rod; Rolfe, Jeremy (2018). Conservation status of New Zealand chondrichthyans (chimaeras, sharks and rays), 2016 (PDF). Wellington, New Zealand: Department of Conservation. p. 10. ISBN 9781988514628. OCLC 1042901090.

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