Neoraja stehmanni

(HULLEY, 1972)

African pygmy skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
HULLEY, P.A. (1972)
A new species of southern African brevirajid skate (Chondrichthyes, Batoidei, Rajidae). Annals of the South African Museum, 60 (9): 253–263

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Breviraja stehmanni, Neoraja (Neoraja) stehmanni

Neoraja stehmanni
Holotype: SAM: 26636; Paratype: SAM: 26637;

Description :

Citation: Neoraja stehmanni (HULLEY, 1972): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 05/2019

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Common names
eng African pygmy skate, eng South African pygmy skate

Short Description
A dwarf softnose skate with a bluntly pointed snout and very large close-set eyes; tail longer than body in adult; pectoral disc angular with rounded corners, and anterior edges more undulated in adult male than in female; large thorns around eyes, on shoulders, and in interrupted single row from back to dorsal fins [536]. Brownish-grey above, with 6-7 crossbars on tail; underside pale with dark brown areas along the front and rear edges of disc, on snout and on underside of tail [536].

Southeast Atlantic: off the Orange River mouth to south of the Agulhas Bank, South Africa.

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

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

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 292 - 1025 m [536]

shark-references Species-ID=4110;