Bathyraja maccaini Springer, 1971
McCain's skate
Bathyraja maccaini
photo by Shandikov, G.A.

Family:  Arhynchobatidae (Softnose skates)
Max. size:  120 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 167 - 500 m
Distribution:  Southern Ocean: Orkney and South Shetland islands to the Antarctic Peninsula. Probably more widespread in continental waters into the Weddell Sea and eastward as well as into the Pacific Ocean sector westward. Southeast Pacific: Chile (Ref. 9068).
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Oviparous. Distinct pairing with embrace. Young may tend to follow large objects, such as their mother (Ref. 205). Eggs are oblong capsules with stiff pointed horns at the corners deposited in sandy or muddy flats (Ref. 205). Egg capsules are 15.66 cm long and 8.0 cm wide (Ref. 41249). Regularly taken as bycatch in trawl hauls and may be used as fishmeal. Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 22 November 2019 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Jarre-Teichmann, Astrid - 23.01.93
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 29.10.12
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 04.04.98

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