Gurgesiella atlantica

(Bigelow & Schroeder, 1962)

Atlantic pygmy skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Gurgesiellidae

Reference of the original description
Bigelow, H.B. & Schroeder, W.C. (1962)
New and little known batoid fishes from the Western Atlantic. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College, 128(4), 161–244

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Gurgesiella (Gurgesiella) atlantica, Pseudoraja atlantica

Gurgesiella atlantica
Holotype: USNM: 196444 Paratype: MCZ: 40167 MCZ: 40168

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Citation: Gurgesiella atlantica (Bigelow & Schroeder, 1962): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 06/2024

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Common names
eng Atlantic pygmy skate

Western Atlantic: Caribbean Sea to Brazil. Source:

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733].

Size / Weight / Age
50.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 557))

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 374 - 480 m [2445]

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