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Species: Dipturus garricki, San Blas Skate

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thorns disc center: shoulders + 1 row ~36 nape to D
top uniform color
pores under snout black

Dipturus garricki (Bigelow & Schroeder, 1958)

San Blas Skate

Disc rhomboidal, with sinuous front margins, ~1.3X wider than long, rear edges gently convex; snout moderately elongate (length before eye 18% of TL), sharply pointed, its tip firm, with a stout cartilage; pectoral fin rays separate from 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 connected by membrane, rear one large; 2 small dorsal fins at rear of tail, similar in size & shape, rounded tips, close together (1/3 length of 1st dorsal base apart); tail narrow, 45% TL, with a pair of lateral skin folds low down, along entire length; tail fin as a long, low upper fold behind the second dorsal; top of disc free of denticles, except on snout and front edge of disc; ventral side with denticles under snout & and in a band along front edge of disc, rest of disc with a few very small scattered denticles; small thorns on snout (dense), around eyes & between spiracles, 1-2 on each shoulder, 1 row of ~36 (including 4 on nape) large thorns along center of disc from nape to 1st dorsal fin; tail with central row flanked by a pair of side rows, 2 thorns between dorsal fins.

Upper surface uniform brown; lower surface of disc, pelvics pale bluish; mucous pores in row of 8-11 along each side of nape thorns, on underside of snout & before and beside black.

Reaches 107 cm

Depth range 275-598 m

Lives on soft bottoms

Gulf of Mexico to Colombia.

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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 gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC 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
  • 107
Depth Range Min
  • 275
Depth Range Max
  • 598