Raja miraletus (Twineyed skate)
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Raja miraletus (Twineyed skate) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A small brown skate with two bright
blue-centered ocelli or eyespots on the pectoral bases, a short
bluntly pointed snout, and angular pectoral disk. Colour
medium-brown above, often with small close-set dark brown spots,
white below and without dark pores.
To 50 cm (20 in) TL.
West coast off Namibia, east coast from False Bay to Durban,
but apparently absent from the western Cape; also eastern Atlantic
north to Portugal and the Mediterranean Sea.
uppermost slope on soft bottom at 17 to 106 m; elsewhere to 300 m.
Common off the eastern Cape. Eats small bony fishes,
including codlets, horsefish, and gobies, also shrimps, crabs,
mantis shrimp, mysids, and fish offal.
bottom trawlers and skiboat anglers.