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Species: Dactylobatus clarkii, Armless Finger Skate, Clark's Finger Skate

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disc circular
snout very blunt
side edge of disc rounded
under front edge of disc: band of claws
top disc: elongate ocelli

Dactylobatus clarkii (Bigelow & Schroder, 1958)

Armless Finger Skate, Clark's Finger Skate

Disc ~circular; snout relatively long (length before eyes 14% TL), very blunt, with a small point; front edge of disc undulating; pectorals with tips broadly rounded, rear edges convex, middle rays not extended outwards as spatula-like projections; pectoral supports extend to level of tip of snout, but separated by a clear space from rostrum; pelvic fins with front and rear lobes continuous, with a weak notch separating them; tail 47% of TL, with narrow base, a skin flap along all of on each side, 2 dorsal fins & a rudimentary tail fin with a long, low upper lobe only; upper surface of body and tail with sparse denticles, a band of small thorns along front edge of disc, thorns along snout, around eyes, on nape and shoulders, and a single central row along center of disc and tail, with another row along each side of tail; underside of disc smooth except pectoral fins with 2 rows of claw-like denticles along outer front edge from tip of snout to corner of fin.

Upper surface brown, with pairs of elongate dark-ringed white spots; lower surface whitish.

Reaches 75 cm

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range 300-1048 m.

The Gulf of Mexico to Brazil

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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
  • 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
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • 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
  • 75
Depth Range Min
  • 315
Depth Range Max
  • 922