Rajella leoparda

(Von Bonde & Swart, 1923)

Leopard 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 leopardus, Raja leopardus, Raja (Rajella) cf. leopardus, Raja (Rajella) leopardus, Rajella leopardus

Rajella leoparda

Rajella leopardus
Holotype: Government Marine Survey: ; Paratype: BMNH: 1935.7.14.3 BMNH: 1935.7.14.2

Description :

Citation: Rajella leoparda (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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Egg capsule of Rajella leoparda, MTUF 26695, 74.0 x 74.5 mm © Hajime Ishihara, Japan
Common names
spa Raya leopardo, fra \(T\) Raie léopard, eng Leopard skate, eng Skate

Short Description
Large skate with a moderately long snout, small eyes, and a flat disc; tail about as long as body; small inconspicuous, light thorns on upper surface including snout [536]. Medium grey to brownish dorsally, often with dark spots; white or mottled with dusky patches ventrally [536].

Eastern Atlantic: off Namibia and South Africa with spotty records off Senegal and Conarkry, Guinea and as far north to Mauritania. Probably throughout West African slope waters. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: commercial

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]. Found in deeper shelf and slope waters [7180]. Feed on bottom crustaceans, dragonets, rattails, hake, lanternfish, sea pens, cuttlefish and polychaete worms [536]. Feeds on nekton and zoobenthos [536].

Size / Weight / Age
65.0 cm WD (male/unsexed; [17736])

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 170 - 1920 m [7180]

shark-references Species-ID=7973;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Heteronybelinia robusta (Linton, 1890) [16112]