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Dipturus stenorhynchus (Prownose skate)

(Wallace, 1967)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Chondrichthyes > Elasmobranchii > Batoidei > Rajoidei > Rajidae

Dipturus stenorhynchus (Prownose skate) [[Illustration by Ann Hecht ]


An all-dark longnosed skate with a broadly triangular, greatly elongated snout, disk with angular corners, a stout tail shorter than the body and with its midsection swollen and sausage-shaped, a small thorn at nape, and underside of disk smooth. Colour uniform dark grey above and below, with black pores


To at least 90 cm TL and 60 cm DW


 East coast, central Mozambique. Endemic.



Slope on bottom at 741 m


Unknown. A rare skate known from a single individual, more wanted

Human Impact


Text by Leonard J.V. Compagno, David A. Ebert and Malcolm J. Smale