from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fish (Hydrolagus collei) of Pacific waters, having a long narrow tail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Pacific fish, Hydrolagus collei, that has a long rat-like tail
- n. A chimaera
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as rat-tail.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A selachian fish, the Chimæra colliæi.
Chimaeras, also called ratfish, rabbitfish, and ghostsharks, are perhaps the oldest and most enigmatic groups of fishes alive today.
After the albino ratfish was caught the researchers attempted to keep her alive in a bucket of water but, in spite of boards placed over the top, she managed to flip out of the bucket onto the deck during the night.
To date, Dagit has named five other species of ratfish.
'The typical ratfish in Puget Sound is brown or black with a smattering of white spots so it blends in with the sediments.'
'Ratfish usually hang out in places with soft, muddy bottoms,' says Jon Reum, the aquatic and fishery sciences doctoral student who found the albino ratfish during a UW research project.
She is now preserved and part of the UW Fish Collection, which has 82 other ratfish specimens, ranging from eggs to full-grown adults.
Dagit, who calls herself the ratfish lady, has written about 15 articles on ratfish for various publications, and shes attended numerous conferences, where she met people who have discovered new species of the fish or are seeking information about it.
Most recently, she was one of several scientists involved in the naming of a new type of ratfish.
A 1992 graduate of University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a doctorate in zoology, she has made a name for herself among other ratfish experts.
The fish are ratfish an ancient relative to sharks and its the Millersville University biology professors task to give each a moniker.