Rajella caudaspinosa (Munchkin skate)
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Rajella caudaspinosa (Munchkin skate) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A small grey skate with very large, close-set
bulging eyes, a very short, obtusely pointed snout, thick disk,
thick tail that is much longer than body, and conspicuous light
thorns that make disk and tail extremely rough. Colour light grey to
brownish above, with or without darker spots, young with distinctive
white-barred pattern, white below.
To 58 cm TL and 32 cm DW.
West coast, Lu"deritz to off Cape Agulhas. Endemic.
Upper slope on the bottom at depths of 310 to 718 m.
Common. Feeds on mysids, lightfish and polychaete worms.
Caught by hake trawlers.