Rajella dissimilis (Ghost skate)
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Rajella dissimilis (Ghost skate) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A grey skate with a moderately long snout,
small eyes, flat disk, tail about as long as body, moderately large
inconspicuous light thorns on upper surface, with a few on snout,
and middorsal line of thorns reduced in adults and subadults. Colour
whitish-grey to dark grey above, white below, with dark rear margins
and dark patches on underside of tail.
To 64 cm long and 39 cm
West coast from Orange River mouth to Cape Town.
An uncommon deepwater skate found at depths of 719
to 1016 m.
Virtually unknown. Eats cephalopods, mysids, and
small bony fish.