Anacanthobatis marmoratus

(VON BONDE & SWART, 1923)


Spotted legskate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Anacanthobatidae

Reference of the original description
VON BONDE, C. & SWART, D.B. (1923)
The Platosomia (skates and rays) collected by the S. S. "Pickle." Report Fisheries and Marine Biological Survey, Union of South Africa, 3 (5): 1-22, Pls. 20-23

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Anacanthobatis dubius, Anacanthobatis (Anacanthobatis) marmoratus, Leiobatis dubius, Springeria dubia

Types
Anacanthobatis marmoratus
Lectotype: SAIAB: 662;


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Citation: Anacanthobatis marmoratus (VON BONDE & SWART, 1923): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 09/2014

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Common names
eng Spotted leg skate, eng Spotted legskate, por Raia pintalgada

Short Description
A brown-spotted legskate with smooth skin and a short slender tail less than body length; snout angular with tiny filament; pectoral disc with rounded corners; no large thorns on denticles except for alar spines on adult males [536]. Legskates have pelvic fins separated into a mobile leg-like front lobe, and a rear lobe that may be fused to the tail base [536]. Mottled brown and white with scattered ocelli dorsally; uniform pale ventrally (Ref. 6510). Papillae and rostral filament dark brown (Ref. 6510).

Distribution
Western Indian Ocean: known only from southern Mozambique to Durban, South Africa.

Biology
Distinct pairing with embrace [17086].

Size / Weight / Age
25.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 6510))

Habitat
bathydemersal; marine; depth range 230 - 322 m [536]