Dipturus pullopunctatus

(SMITH, 1964)


Slime skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
SMITH, J.L.B. (1964)
Fishes collected by Dr. Th. Mortensen off the coast of South Africa in 1929, with an account of the genus Crurirajia Bigelow & Scroeder, 1954 in South Africa. Videnskabelige Meddelelser fra Dansk Naturhistorisk Forening, Kjøbenhavn, 126: 283–300, 6 pls.

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Dipturus pullopunctata, Raia pullopunctata, Raja pullopunctata, Raja (Dipturus) pullopunctata

Types
Dipturus pullopunctatus

Dipturus pullopunctata
Holotype: SAIAB: 37;


Description :


Citation: Dipturus pullopunctatus (SMITH, 1964): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 12/2018

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Common names
spa Raya limosa, fra \(T\) Raie baveuse, eng Skate, eng Slime skate

Short Description
A striking two-toned longnose skate, medium brown above and abruptly dark grey below, with a large, conspicuous, dark brown blotch on the upper base of each pectoral fin [536]. Snout moderately elongated and bluntly triangular, and tail stout, not conspicuously swollen and about equal to body length; pectoral disc with broadly rounded corners and smooth underside without denticles; thorns at nape and along midline of back and tail to 1st dorsal fin, nape spine enormous in young [536]. Hatchlings and juveniles with wide-spaced black spots on upper disc, inconspicuous or lost in adolescents and adults; adults sometimes with numerous small white spots [536]. Underside with numerous black pores [536].

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

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

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

Size / Weight / Age
94.0 cm WD (male/unsexed; [536])

Habitat
demersal; marine; depth range 50 - 457 m [536]

Remarks
shark-references Species-ID=2029;