Rajella dissimilis

(Hulley, 1970)

Ghost 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

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Raja dissimilis, Raja (Rajella) dissimilis

Rajella dissimilis
Holotype: ZMH: 25258 (old: ISH 46-1967 a); Paratype: ZMH: 25259 (old: ISH 46-1967 b+c);

Description :

Citation: Rajella dissimilis (Hulley, 1970): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Common names
eng Ghost skate

Short Description
Moderately long snout, small eyes, and a flat disc; tail about as long as body; moderately large, inconspicuous light thorns dorsally and a few on snout; mid-dorsal line of thorns reduced in adolescents and adults [536]. Whitish grey to dark grey dorsally, white ventrally with dark rear margins and dark patches on underside of tail [536].

Eastern Atlantic: off southern Rio de Oro in Western Sahara, Namibia, and South Africa. Probably occurs throughout the area along the deeper West African slope. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Also feeds on mysids [536].

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

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 719 - 1620 m [7180]

shark-references Species-ID=5860;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Charopinus dubius Scott, 1900 [27915]