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senior synonym, new combination
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  Etymology of generic noun  
  from ETYFish
chaeno-, from chaino (Gr.), gape, referring to “rictus as long as wide”; galeos, a small shark or dogfish per Aristotle (sometimes translated as weasel, hence the name Weasel Sharks, possibly referring to the pointed snouts, swift movements and/or rapacious feeding behavior of smaller predatory sharks1), but in this case probably an allusion to Hemigaleus, original genus of C. macrostoma. (See ETYFish)
  Etymology of specific epithet  
  from ETYFish
macro-, from makros (Gr.), large or long; stoma (Gr.), mouth, referring to long, greatly arched mouth compared with Hemigaleus microstoma, its presumed congener at the time. (See ETYFish)
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Note: ETYFish and FishBase started a collaboration to complete the etymology for all valid names of fishes. For the current update, the following groups were completed: hagfishes (Myxini), lampreys (Petromyzonti), chimaeras (Holocephali), and sharks (Squalomorphi). It is a work in progress, so the two websites may not be synchronized.

Scharpf, C. The ETYFish Project, Fish Name Etymology Database.
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