Leucoraja wallacei

(HULLEY, 1970)


Yellow spotted skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
HULLEY, P.A. (1970)
An investigation of the Rajidae of the west and south coasts of southern Africa. Annals of the South African Museum, 55 (4): 151–220, Pls. 1–13

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Raja wallacei, Raja (Leucoraja) wallacei

Types
Leucoraja wallacei
Holotype: ORI: B.155; Paratype: ORI: B.126;


Description :


Citation: Leucoraja wallacei (HULLEY, 1970): 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 de Wallace, fra \(T\) Raie de Wallace, eng Blancmange skate, eng Skate, eng Yellow spotted skate, eng Yellowspot skate, eng Yellowspotted skate, por Raia sardenta

Short Description
A distinctive skate with bright yellow spots, often in rosettes and whorls and sometimes forming eye-like markings on pectoral bases [536]. Snout short, broad and blunt, disc narrow, and tail longer than body; disc very rough with 2-4 rows of thorns from midback to 1st dorsal fin, and with broadly rounded corners [536]. Yellowish brown above, white below; some grey-brown above with white spots [536].

Distribution
Southeast Atlantic and Western Indian Ocean: Lüderitz, Namibia round the Cape (South Africa) to southern Mozambique.

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

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].

Size / Weight / Age
100.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [5130])

Habitat
bathydemersal; brackish; marine; depth range 70 - 450 m [5130]

Remarks
shark-references Species-ID=3499;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
Cestoda
  • Andocadoncum meganae MCKENNA ABBOTT & CAIRA, 2014 [21168]
  • Echinobothrium marquesi MCKENNA ABBOTT & CAIRA, 2014 [21168]
  • Echinobothrium sp. [19536]

Copepoda
  • Schistobrachia kabata DIPPENAAR, 2016 [24641]