Rajella caudaspinosa

(Von Bonde & Swart, 1923)

Munchkin skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
von Bonde, C. & Swart, D.B. (1923)
The Platosomia (skates and rays) collected by the S. S. "Pickle." Report Fisheries and Marine Biological Survey, Union of South Africa, 3(5): 1–22, Pls. 20–23

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Raia albalinea, Raia caudaspinosa, Raja caudaspinosa, Raja (Rajella) caudaspinosa

Rajella caudaspinosa
Holotype: Government Marine Survey: ;
Raia albalinea
Syntype: BMNH: 1935.7.14.4

Description :

Citation: Rajella caudaspinosa (Von Bonde & Swart, 1923): 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
spa Raya cola espinosa, fra \(T\) Raie à queue épineuse, eng Munchkin skate, eng Munchskin skate, eng Skate

Short Description
Small skate with a very short, obtusely pointed snout, large, close-set, bulging eyes and a thick disc; tail thick and much longer than body; conspicuous light thorns make disc and tail very rough [536]. Light grey to brownish above, with or without darker spots; young with distinctive white-barred pattern; underside white [536].

Southeast Atlantic: Lüderitz, Namibia to off Cape Agulhas, South Africa. Source: www.gbif.org

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Feeds on fish, benthic and planktonic organisms [536].

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

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 310 - 718 m [536]

shark-references Species-ID=5858;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Tentacularia coryphaenae Bosc, 1797 [16112]