Bathyraja cousseauae Díaz de Astarloa & Mabragaña, 2004
Joined-fins skate
photo by Reyes, P.

Family:  Arhynchobatidae (Softnose skates)
Max. size:  86 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 119 - 284 m
Distribution:  Southwestern Atlantic: Off northern Patagonian, off Mar del Plata, Argentina.
Diagnosis:  This species is distinguished by having the following characters: a large and very distinct round pale area ocellus-like, margined with dark brown on posterior part of each pectoral base of the upper side of the disc; upper surface of disc fully covered with numerous small spinules, also on interorbital area, tail, dorsal fins, and posterior pelvic lobes; larger individuals with scattered spinules distributed in central parts of the disc; ocular thorns absent; continuous row of 21-27 median thorns from nuchal; region to first dorsal fin; males have elongated, slender rod-shaped claspers; dorsal fin densely spinulose close to the end of tail and with no space between them (Ref. 55502).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 07 February 2019 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 12.12.07
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 29.10.12

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