Breviraja colesi Bigelow & Schroeder, 1948
Lightnose skate
photo by FAO

Family:  Rajidae (Skates)
Max. size:  40 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 366 - 522 m
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: Florida (USA), Bahamas and Cuba.
Diagnosis:  Short rostral cartilage. Disc rough with small prickles on adults of both sexes. Upper surface of disc pale brown, mottled with irregular spots and blotches of darker brown. Lower surface of disc and of tail pale yellowish or whitish (Ref. 6902).
Biology:  Solitary (Ref. 26340). Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Eggs have horn-like projections on the shell (Ref. 205). Smallest recorded specimen 8 cm TL. Males reaches maturity at ca. 32 cm TL (Ref. 114953).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 18 June 2019 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 07.04.98
Modified by: Abucay, Luisa - 13.09.18

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