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Australian Ghost Shark (Callorhinchus milii)
Also known as the Elephant Shark, Makrepe and the plownose chimaera, the Australian ghost shark is a species of chimaera ( a type of cartilaginous fish) found off of Southern Australia and parts of New Zealand. As its common name suggests the elephant shark has a long snout which resembles a trunk or a plow, this snout is used as a probe to aid the chimaera in finding small invertebrates and fish that are hidden in the sediment. Recently, the elephant shark genome has been proposed to be sequenced as a model species for the cartilaginous fish, as it has a small genome size and could help understand the evolution of early vertebrates.