spotted skate

Scientific name Raja montagui
Descriptor Fowler
Year of description 1910
IUCN category LC
Family Rajidae
Genus Raja
Raja montagui Raja montagui

Introduction

Raja montagui, commonly known as spotted skate, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    50 cm
  • Maximum size
    85 cm
  • Longevity
    18 year
  • Mimicry
    sand
  • Pattern
    ponctuations
  • Average size
    50 cm
  • Maximum size
    85 cm
  • Longevity
    18 year
  • Mimicry
    sand
  • Pattern
    ponctuations

How to recognize the spotted skate ?

The spotted skate measures between 50 and 85 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly marron body. The also has marron ponctuations.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    carnivorous
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
    Yes
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The spotted skate is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. However, the spotted skate has little concern for non-territorial animals.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovovivipare

The spotted skate is a fish ovovivipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    12 - 25 °C
  • Depth
    8 - 530 m

Biotope presentation

The spotted skate is most often found at a depth between 8m and 530m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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Bibliographic references

RAJIDAE - J.D. McEachran - M.R. de Carvalho - FAO Fisheries Synopsis - 0.

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