Dipturus lanceorostrata (Rattail skate)
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Dipturus lanceorostrata (Rattail skate) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A grey, light-spotted longnosed skate with an
acutely triangular, elongated snout, disk with angular corners, a
very slender tail as long as body that tapers from base to tip, a
small spine at nape, and underside of disk smooth except for small
denticles on snout tip and edges. Colour dark grey above with many
small light spots, thorns conspicuously lighter than disk; grey
below with lighter areas around gills and at front edge of disk, and
To at least 82 cm TL, 55 cm DW.
East coast, off Limpopo River mouth, southern Mozambique;
slope on bottom at 430 to 439 m. Endemic.
Unknown. A rare
skate, known only from three specimens, more wanted.
Possibly taken by offshore trawlers.