Rajella barnardi (Bigthorn skate)
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Rajella barnardi (Bigthorn skate) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A grey skate with a short, obtusely pointed
shout, large eyes, a thick disk, tail about as long as body, and
conspicuous large white thorns on upper surface including snout.
Colour light grey above, grey or white below, with darker patches on
rear of disk and underside of tail.
To 68 cm TL and 44 cm DW.
West and southeast coast, from Namibia to Algoa Bay. Endemic.
Outer shelf and upper slope at 170 to 913 m.
Common off the western Cape. Feeds on small crustaceans, including
crabs, shrimp, mantis shrimp, mysids, also squid and polychaete
Caught by hake trawlers.