Amblyraja robertsi

(HULLEY, 1970)


Bigmouth skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
HULLEY, P.A. (1970)
An investigation of the Rajidae of the west and south coasts of southern Africa. Annals of the South African Museum, 55 (4): 151-220, Pls. 1-13

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Raja robertsi, Raja (Amblyraja) robertsi

Types
Amblyraja robertsi
Holotype: ZMH: 25250 (old: ISH 54-1967);


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Citation: Amblyraja robertsi (HULLEY, 1970): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 11/2014

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Common names
eng Bigmouth skate

Short Description
A large skate with a stiff, bluntly triangular snout and a huge mouth almost equal to snout length; tail shorter than body, and disc smooth except for large star-based thorns around eyes, on shoulders and along midline of back and tail [536]. Dark grey above and below with white blotches on underside [536].

Distribution
Southeast Atlantic: off Cape Town, South Africa.

Biology
Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Eggs have horn-like projections on the shell [17086].

Size / Weight / Age
77.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [536])

Habitat
bathydemersal; marine; depth range 1350 - 1350 m [536]