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Species: Breviraja mouldi, Blacknose Short Skate

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disc heart-shaped, front edge undulating
snout flexible, short, blunt, dark underneath
3 central rows thorns: nape to D
top disc: uniform to mottled
pelvic: front lobe 66-85% rear lobe

Breviraja mouldi McEchran & Matheson, 1995

Blacknose Short Skate

Heart-shaped disc, wider (~1.2X) than long, with front margins undulating, tips of pectorals round; snout flexible, short, blunt, supported to near its tip by a cartilage with a very slender tip; pectoral rays extending nearly to tip 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; pelvic fin with 2 distinct lobes joined by membrane, rear lobe large, front lobe 66-85% length of rear lobe; upper surface of disc sparsely covered with small denticles; thorns not conspicuously large, with smooth basal cones, 3-4 before and 2-3 after eye, a triangular patch of 16-24 on nape and shoulders, 3 central rows of small thorns from behind shoulders to first dorsal fin, with another row of larger thorns on each side from center of disc to middle of tail; underside of disc and tail smooth; tail 1.5-1.8X length of disc, width of its base distinctly >eye; tail with 2 dorsal fins, those touching; tail fin with upper lobe that is ½ height of 2nd dorsal fin, no lower lobe; side of tail with a narrow fold from beyond tips of pelvics to tail tip; sex organs of males rod-shaped, tapering to a narrow tip.

Top surface of disc tan, occasionally mottled with lighter blotches; indistinct brown blotches on dorsal and tail fins; lower surface pale, with darker disc edges, snout tip underneath with dark brown to black blotch.

Reaches 41 cm.

On soft bottoms

Depth range 353-787 m.

Honduras to Panama

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 41
Depth Range Min
  • 353
Depth Range Max
  • 787