Sympterygia brevicaudata

(Cope, 1877)

Shorttail fanskate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Arhynchobatidae

Reference of the original description
Cope, E.D. (1877)
Synopsis of the cold blooded Vertebrata, procured by Prof. James Orton during his exploration of Peru in 1870-77. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 17, 33–49

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Psammobatis asper, Psammobatis brevicaudatus, Psammobatis caudispina, Psammobatis chilcae, Psammobatis maculatus, Sympterygia brevicaudatus

Sympterygia brevicaudata

Psammobatis asper
Holotype: USNM: 127786
Psammobatis caudispina
Holotype: USNM: 77710
Psammobatis chilcae
Holotype: USNM: 127785
Psammobatis maculatus
Holotype: USNM: 127787
Sympterygia brevicaudatus
Holotype: ANSP: 21261;

Description :

Citation: Sympterygia brevicaudata (Cope, 1877): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Sympterygia brevicaudata (Cope, 1877), © Francisco Concha, Condrolab, Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile
Common names
spa Chilca skate, spa Chunchito, spa Chuncho, spa Pastelillo, spa Raya, spa Raya espinosa, spa Raya serrucho, spa Spine skate, eng Pacific skate, eng Prickled skate, eng Shorttail fanskate, eng Shorttail skate, eng Spotted skate

Southeast Pacific: Ecuador to central Chile. Two specimens have been recorded from Uruguay but these may be in error. Source:

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

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

demersal; marine; depth range 18 - 18 m (Ref. 58018)

shark-references Species-ID=7050;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Acanthobothrium lusarmientoi Severino & Verano, 1980 [16393] [25154] [28741]
  • Acanthobothrium psammobati Carvajal & Goldstein, 1969 [25154] [28741]
  • Acanthobothrium sp. [25154]
  • Semiorbiseptum beitae Bueno, Trevisan & Caira, 2024 [32929]
  • Semiorbiseptum marquesi Bueno, Trevisan & Caira, 2024 [32929]

  • Brianella corniger Wilson, 1915 [23666]
  • Eudactylina parva Castro-Romero & Baeza-Kuroki, 1991 [17874]