Amblyraja robertsi (Hulley, 1970)
Bigmouth skate
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Family:  Rajidae (Skates)
Max. size:  77 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range - 1350 m
Distribution:  Southeast Atlantic: off Cape Town, South Africa.
Diagnosis:  A large skate with a stiff, bluntly triangular snout and a huge mouth almost equal to snout length; tail shorter than body, and disc smooth except for large star-based thorns around eyes, on shoulders and along midline of back and tail (Ref. 5578). Dark grey above and below with white blotches on underside (Ref. 5578).
Biology:  Only one specimen collected (Ref. 5578). Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Eggs have horn-like projections on the shell (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 December 2008 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 25.11.96
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 19.11.18

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