Dipturus springeri (Roughbelly skate)
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Dipturus springeri (Roughbelly skate) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
An all-dark longnose skate with the
undersurface uniformly roughened by small denticles, a greatly
elongated acutely pointed snout, an angular pectoral disk that is
broader than in other longnose skates in the area, no nape thorn,
and a moderately stout tail that is not conspicuously swollen.
Colour uniform dark grey to blackish above and below with black
pores on underside.
To 1.6 m TL and about 1.3 m DW.
Almost entire coast in scattered localities from off Lu"deritz,
Namibia to central Mozambique; elsewhere, from off Madagascar and
Outer shelf and upper slope on bottom at depths of
88 to 740 m, often between 400 to 500 m.
Eats bony fishes,
including round herring and rattails, also crabs and squid.
Probably caught by hake trawlers.