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Anacanthobatis marmorata  (von Bonde & Swart, 1923)

Spotted legskate
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Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes (Skates and rays) > Anacanthobatidae (Smooth skates)
Etymology: Anacanthobatis: Greek, ana = up + Greek, akantha = thorn + Greek, batis, -idos = a ray (Ref. 45335).

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 230 - 322 m (Ref. 5578).   Deep-water; 24°S - 30°S, 29°E - 40°E (Ref. 57365)

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Western Indian Ocean: known only from southern Mozambique to Durban, South Africa.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 29.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 95335)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0. A brown-spotted legskate with smooth skin and a short slender tail less than body length; snout angular with tiny filament; pectoral disc with rounded corners; no large thorns on denticles except for alar spines on adult males (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). Mottled brown and white with scattered ocelli dorsally; uniform pale ventrally (Ref. 6510). Papillae and rostral filament dark brown (Ref. 6510).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Possibly the smallest southern African skate (Ref. 5578). Found on the upper slope (Ref. 5578).

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Distinct pairing with embrace (Ref. 205).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

McEachran, J.D. and K.A. Dunn, 1998. Phylogenetic analysis of skates, a morphologically conservative clade of elasmobranchs (Chondrichthyes: Rajidae). Copeia 1998(2):271-290. (Ref. 27314)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5157   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.6   ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming fecundity<100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (19 of 100) .