Rajella leopardus (Leopard skate)
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Rajella leopardus (Leopard skate) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A large grey skate with a moderately long
snout, small eyes, flat disk, tail about as long as body,
inconspicuous small light thorns on upper surface including snout,
middorsal line of thorns not reduced. Colour medium grey to brownish
above, often with blackish spots, white below or white mottled with
To about 95 cm long and 63 cm wide.
and southeast coasts, from northern Namibia to Algoa Bay. Endemic.
Slope at 300 to 923 m.
Common. Feeds on bottom
crustaceans, including shrimp, mysids, amphipods, slipper lobsters,
mantis shrimp, and hermit crabs, also dragonets, rattails, hake,
lanternfish, sea pens, cuttlefish, and polychaete worms.
Caught by hake trawlers.