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Rajiformes  -  Rajidae  -  Raja  -  Raja equatorialis

Raja equatorialis

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disc: front edges straight
thorns: on shoulders, 1 row mid-back from nape to tail

  pectoral: dark blotches, no ocelli


Raja equatorialis Jordan & Bollman, 1890

Equatorial skate,     Tropical skate

Rhomboidal disc of flattened, pointed head, body and pectoral fins; large spiracles behind eyes; snout rigid; front edges of disc straight to convex; pelvic fins with 2 distinct lobes, rear one large; 2 small dorsal fins at rear of tail, no tail fin; spines on disc small, thin, not grooved, with oval bases; 1 row of thorns from nape back along disc and onto tail to first dorsal fin, another row on each side along tail; row of thorns inside of and before eye; patch of 4-5 short rows of thorns on disc opposite eye; spines on rear borders only of ventral side.

Light brown above, pale below; back with obscure brown reticulations, edges of disc paler; faint dark blotches at front and rear base of pectoral; dark marks between and below eyes.

Size: 88 cm.

Habitat: soft bottoms.

Depth: 20-200 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to Peru and Cocos.

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