Cruriraja parcomaculata

(VON BONDE & SWART, 1923)


Roughnose legskate
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
Cruriraja triangularis, Raia parcomaculata, Raja parcomaculata

Types
Cruriraja parcomaculata
Syntype: BMNH: 1935.7.14.1
Cruriraja triangularis
Holotype: ZMUC: P08239; Paratype: SAIAB: 50;


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Citation: Cruriraja parcomaculata (VON BONDE & SWART, 1923): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 11/2018

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Egg capsule of Cruriraja parcomaculata RUSI A3428 (45.0 x 24.4 mm) © Hajime Ishihara, Japan
Common names
spa Raya nariz áspera, fra \(T\) Raia à nez hérissé, eng Roughnose leg skate, eng Roughnose legskate, eng Skate

Short Description
A rough legskate with a pointed snout covered by large conspicuous white thorns that are also found around the eyes, on the shoulders, and in several rows 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]. Sandy brown above usually with scattered dark brown and whitish spots (very conspicuous in young and becoming obscure in adults; white below [536]. Tail with conspicuous dark brown bandings in juveniles [536].

Distribution
Southeast Atlantic: known only from Lüderitz, Namibia to Durban, South Africa. Source: www.gbif.org

Biology
Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Distinct pairing with embrace. Young may tend to follow large objects, such as their mother [17086]. Found on the uppermost slope [536]. Feed on small crustaceans, dragonets, squid, polychaete worms and flatworms [536]; also on benthic fish (Ref. 58748).

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

Habitat
bathydemersal; marine; depth range 150 - 620 m [5130]