Bathyraja murrayi (Günther, 1880)
Murray's skate
photo by FAO

Family:  Arhynchobatidae (Softnose skates)
Max. size:  60 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range - 800 m
Distribution:  Southern Ocean: considered endemic to the Kerguelen Plateau (Ref. 5159).
Biology:  Oviparous. Distinct pairing with embrace. Young may tend to follow large objects, such as their mother (Ref. 205). Eggs are oblong capsules with stiff pointed horns at the corners deposited in sandy or muddy flats (Ref. 205). Egg capsules are 6.0 cm long and 3.4 cm wide (Ref. 41249). Frequently taken in commercial bottom hauls but not much utilized because of its small size (Ref. 5159).
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 09 September 2004 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Jarre-Teichmann, Astrid - 23.01.93
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 29.10.12

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