Neoraja stehmanni (African pygmy skate)
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Neoraja stehmanni (African pygmy skate) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A dwarf softnose skate with a bluntly pointed
snout, very large close-set eyes, angular pectoral disk with rounded
corners, tail longer than body in adults, large thorns around eyes,
on shoulders, and in an interrupted single row from back to dorsal
fins. Pectoral disk of adult males with anterior edges more
undulated than females. Colour brownish grey above, with 6-7 cross
bars on tail, underside pale with dark brown areas along the front
and rear edges of the disk, on snout, and on underside of tail.
To 35 cm TL and 20 cm DW.
West coast, off Orange River
mouth to south of Agulhas Bank. Endemic.
Upper slope on
bottom at 292 to 1025 m.
Poorly known. Common but spottily
Probably taken by hake trawlers.