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Species: Springeria longirostris, Longnose Leg Skate

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disc heart-shaped
eyes small
snout long, ends in short filament
tail thin, no Ds
pelvics: front lobe separate, = leg

Springeria longirostris Bigelow & Schroeder, 1962

Longnose Leg Skate

Disc heart–shaped, a little wider than long to a little longer than wide, with convex rear edges, with free rear tips ending behind pelvic-fin origin; disc front edges straight, tips of pectorals round; snout before eyes very long (24-30% of TL), tip pointed and ending in a fine filament, with a support cartilage; eye <15% of snout length; pelvic front lobes slender, leg–like, distinctly separate from rear lobes; tail base abruptly slender, tail is 43-55% TL, very slender, almost whip–like, longer to shorter than disc length; dorsal fins absent; lateral tail folds extend to near tip of tail; upper and lower caudal fins present, separated by tip of tail, upper well developed, higher and longer than lower; skin smooth, without denticles or thorns on either surface.

Upper surface purplish-grey; snout filament black; lower surface pale grey, snout tip black.

Reaches 78 cm

Soft bottoms

Depth range 520-1052 m

Gulf of Mexico, SE Florida and the Bahamas to the SW Caribbean.

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  • Hypersaline
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 78
Depth Range Min
  • 520
Depth Range Max
  • 1052