Cruriraja durbanensis (von Bonde & Swart, 1923)
Smoothnose legskate
Cruriraja durbanensis
photo by SFSA

Family:  Gurgesiellidae (Pygmy skates)
Max. size:  23 cm TL (male/unsexed); 31 cm TL (female)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range - 859 m
Distribution:  Southeast Atlantic: off Port Nolloth, South Africa.
Diagnosis:  A legskate with a pointed thornless snout and with large whitish thorns on shoulders, around the eyes, and in a single row from the nape to the 1st dorsal fin (Ref. 5578). Legskates have pelvic fins separated into a mobile leg-like front lobe, and a rear lobe that may be fused to the tail base (Ref. 5578). Uniformly reddish-brown above, lighter below (Ref. 5578).
Biology:  A rare species known only from 2 specimens both of which are missing (Ref. 2708). Oviparous (Ref. 50449).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 24 April 2018 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 22.11.96
Modified by: Sampang-Reyes, Arlene G. - 19.11.18

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