Dipturus campbelli (Blackspot skate)
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Dipturus campbelli (Blackspot skate) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A black-spotted longnosed skate with an
elongated acutely triangular snout, disk with rounded corners, tail
stout, slightly shorter than body, and slightly swollen along its
midlength, small thorns on nape and on midback to 1st dorsal fin,
and underside of disk without small denticles except on snout tip
and edges. Colour medium grey or brownish above, grey below with
many small black spots on upper surface, conspicuous black pores on
To at least 66 cm TL, 55 cm DW.
coast, off Durban and central Mozambique. Endemic.
continental shelf and upper slope on bottom at 137 to 403 m deep.
Unknown. Rare, more wanted. Formerly considered the same as
the slime skate (below), but clearly distinct.
Probably caught by trawlers off Natal and Mozambique.