Dactylobatus clarkii (Bigelow & Schroeder, 1958)
Hookskate
Dactylobatus clarkii
photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory

Family:  Rajidae (Skates)
Max. size:  59 cm TL (male/unsexed); 69 cm WD (female)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 475 - 1000 m
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: northern Gulf of Mexico (Ref. 13608) to South Carolina (Ref. 114953) and northern coast of South America (Ref. 5217).
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Inhabits mud-bottom habitat on the upper slope, generally in waters deeper than 350 meters. Mainly feeds on small bony fishes (Ref. 114953). Stomach contents include one specimen of Mullus argentinae, remains of a teleost fish and predominance of Myctophidae fishes. Sympatric with other chondrichthyans, Etmopterus bigelowi, Squalus aff. blainvillei, and Dipturus leptocauda (Ref. 56543). Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Eggs have horn-like projections on the shell (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 20 June 2019 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 13.03.93
Modified by: Abucay, Luisa - 19.09.18

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