Leucoraja wallacei (Yellowspotted skate)
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Leucoraja wallacei (Yellowspotted skate) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A narrow-disked skate with bright yellow spots
often in rosettes and whorls, sometimes forming eye-like markings on
pectoral bases. Snout short, broad and blunt, disk corners broadly
rounded, tail longer than body, disk very rough, with 2 to 4 rows of
thorns from midback to 1st dorsal fin. Some individuals are
grey-brown above, with white spots.
To 92 cm TL and 53 cm DW.
Most of the coast from Lu"deritz to southern Mozambique.
Found offshore on soft bottom, at 95 to 432 m.
Very common. Eats eels, dragonets, rattails, lanternfish,
mysids, shrimp, hermit crabs, copepods, amphipods, bivalves,
polychaete worms, and fish offal.
Caught by hake