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Species: Leucoraja lentiginosa, Freckled Skate

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snout tip firm, not long, sides convex
nape - triangular patches thorns
dark & pale spots
center back - 2-5 rows thorns
belly pale
tail rows thorns center & sides

Leucoraja lentiginosa (Bigelow & Schroeder, 1951)

Freckled Skate

Heartshaped disc with front margin slightly concave; snout rigid, slightly projecting, front edge slightly convex; front pectoral rays extending onto ¾ of snout; eyes on top of head, with spiracles immediately behind; nostrils a little in front of mouth, with front lobes from nostrils forming a curtain between them and mouth; 2 small dorsal fins near rear of tail, with tail fin as a fold behind the second dorsal; pelvic fin with 2 distinct lobes joined by membrane, front lobe distinctly shorter than rear lobe; denticles in broad band along front margin of disc; thorns along sides of rostrum, in crescent-shaped arcs along inner margin of eye and spiracle, in triangular patches on nape and shoulders; 2-5 rows of thorns along center of disc, >15 in central row; tail with center row of thorns plus 1-3 side rows.

Upper surface yellowish to pale brown, with numerous scattered small dark and light spots; lower surface yellowish, mucous pores unpigmented.

Reaches 44 cm TL.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range: 53-852 m.

Florida to Costa Rica.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • Gulf of Mexico endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 44
Depth Range Min
  • 53
Depth Range Max
  • 852