Amblyraja robertsi (Bigmouth skate)
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Amblyraja robertsi (Bigmouth skate) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A large dark deepwater skate with a stiff,
bluntly triangular snout, huge mouth almost equal to snout length,
tail shorter than body, and smooth disk except for large star-based
thorns around eyes, on shoulders, and along midline of back and
tail. Colour dark grey above and below, white blotches on underside.
To at least 77 cm TL and 56 cm DW (adolescent male).
West coast off Cape Town in deep water, slope at 1350 m
depth on bottom. Endemic.
Unknown. Only a single specimen
collected, more wanted.