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Species: Springeria folirostris, Leafsnout legskate

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disc heart-shaped
eyes small
snout medium, front with long filament & flaps
tail thin, no Ds
pelvics: front lobe separate, = leg

Springeria folirostris Bigelow & Schroeder, 1962

Leafsnout legskate

Disc heart–shaped, slightly wider than long to longer than wide, with convex rear edges, with free rear tips ending behind pelvic-fin origin; disc front edges undulating due to slight indentation on sides of snout and behind eyes, tips of pectorals round; snout before eyes long (21-22% TL), tip slender, with its basal 1/3 expanded like a leaf, and its point with a long, thin filament, with a  support cartilage; eye <15% of snout length; pelvic front lobes slender, leg–like, distinctly separate from rear lobes, rear lobe connected on its side to edge of pectoral fin; tail base abruptly slender, tail is 50-52% TL,  very slender, almost whip–like, longer to shorter than disc length; dorsal fins and lateral tail folds absent; upper and lower caudal fins well developed, separated by tip of tail; skin smooth, without denticles or thorns on either surface.

Upper surface mid-grey; lower surface pale grey.

Reaches 62 cm

Soft bottoms

Depth range 300-512 m

Northern Gulf of Mexico

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • No pelagic phase
  • Data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Gulf of Mexico endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 62
Depth Range Min
  • 300
Depth Range Max
  • 512