Dipturus springeri

(WALLACE, 1967)


Roughbelly 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
Raja springeri, Raja (Dipturus) springeri

Types
Dipturus springeri
Holotype: SAIAB: 989 (old: ORI B909) ; Paratype: SAIAB: 990 (old: ORI B185);


Description :


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Common names
spa Raya de Springer, fra \(T\) Raie de Springer, eng Roughbelly skate, eng Skate, por Raia barriguda

Short Description
An all-dark longnose skate with its underside uniformly roughened by small denticles; snout acutely pointed and greatly elongated, and tail moderately stout and not conspicuously swollen; pectoral disc angular and broader than in other longnose skates in the area; no nape thorn [536]. Dark grey to blackish above and below, ventral mucous pores black [536].

Distribution
Southeast Atlantic and Western Indian Ocean: in scattered localities from Lüderitz, Namibia round the Cape (South Africa) to central Mozambique; also off Madagascar and Kenya.

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
160 cm TL (male/unsexed; [536])

Habitat
bathydemersal; marine; depth range 88 - 740 m [5130], usually 400 - 500 m [536]