Sinobatis melanosoma (Chan, 1965)
Blackbodied leg skate
photo by FAO

Family:  Anacanthobatidae (Smooth skates)
Max. size:  59 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 500 - 1100 m
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: Vietnam to southern Japan, including Taiwan, Hongkong and Philippines (Ref. 114953).
Biology:  Maximum width at least 38 cm. Seldom caught. Utilization for human consumption limited (Ref. 9905). Found in soft, sandy bottoms; by-catch of trawls and usually discarded because of its small size (Ishihara, pers.comm. 07/07). Males reaches maturity at ca. 53 cm TL (Ref. 114953)
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 06 May 2020 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 05.02.93
Modified by: Abucay, Luisa - 29.03.19

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