Animal Species:Thornback Skate, Dentiraja lemprieri (Richardson, 1845)

The Thornback Skate is brown to grey-black with fine spots and reticulations.  It is an Australian endemic.

Thornback Skate, Dentiraja lemprieri

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Standard Common Name

Thornback Skate

Identification

 The Thornback Skate has a short snout, widely spaced eyes and a broad depressed tail. There are spines on the sides of the head level with the eyes (malar spines) and also behind the head (nuchal spines).

Size range

It grows to about 55 cm in length.

Distribution

The species is endemic to Australia, occurring in continental shelf waters of Victoria, Tasmania and eastern South Australia.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Dentiraja lemprieri

Classification

Species:
lemprieri
Genus:
Dentiraja
Family:
Rajidae
Order:
Rajiformes
Class:
Chondrichthyes
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Edition 2. CSIRO. Pp. 644, Pl. 1-91.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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