Cruriraja durbanensis


Smooth nose leg skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Gurgesiellidae

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
Raia durbanensis, Raja durbanensis

Cruriraja durbanensis
Holotype: Government Marine Survey: ; Paratype: Government Marine Survey: ;

Description :

Citation: Cruriraja durbanensis (VON BONDE & SWART, 1923): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 01/2021

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Common names
eng Smooth nose leg skate, eng Smoothnose legskate

Short Description
A legskate with a pointed thornless snout and with large whitish thorns on shoulders, around the eyes, and in a single row from the nape to the 1st dorsal fin [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]. Uniformly reddish-brown above, lighter below [536].

Southeast Atlantic: off Port Nolloth, South Africa.

Oviparous [733].

Size / Weight / Age
23.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [20085]); 31 cm TL (female)

bathydemersal; marine; depth range ? - 859 m [536]

shark-references Species-ID=1674;