Dipturus lanceorostratus

(WALLACE, 1967)

Rattail skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
WALLACE, J.H. (1967)
The batoid fishes of the east coast of Southern Africa. Part III: Skates and Electric Rays. Investigational Report Oceanographic Research Institute, 17: 1–62

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Dipturus lanceorostrata, Raja lanceorostrata, Raja (Dipturus) lanceorostrata

Dipturus lanceorostratus
Holotype: SAIAB: 986 (old: ORI B869) ; Paratype: SAIAB: 987 (old: ORI B868);

Description :

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Common names
eng Rattail skate, por Raia ratazana

Short Description
A pale-spotted longnose skate with an elongated, acutely triangular snout, and a very slender tail- as long as body and tapering from base to tip; disc with angular corners and smooth underside except of small denticles on edges and tip of snout; thorns on upper surface of disc and tail conspicuously lighter than surrounding skin; spine at nape [536]. Dark grey with numerous small light spots dorsally; grey with black pores ventrally, and with light areas around gills and at front of edge of disc [536].

Western Indian Ocean: known only from off the Limpopo River mouth, Mozambique.

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

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

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

bathydemersal; brackish; marine; depth range 430 - 439 m [536]

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