Anacanthobatidae (legskates)

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Species found in southern Africa

Anacanthobatis marmoratus (Smooth legskate)

A smooth-skinned, brown-spotted legskate with a short slender tail less than body length and without dorsal fins. Snout angular with a tiny filament, pectoral disk with rounded corners. No large thorns or denticles except for alar spines of males. Colour mottled light brown and white above, white below.

Anacanthobatis ori (ORI legskate)

A smooth-skinned, dark legskate with a long slender tail, less than body length and without dorsal fins. Snout angular with a broad-based filament, pectoral disk with rounded corners. No large thorns or denticles on disk or tail except alar spines of adult males. Colour uniform grey-black or brownish above, lighter below

Cruriraja durbanensis (Smoothnose legskate)

A legskate with a pointed, thornless snout, but with large whitish thorns present on shoulders, around eyes, and in a single row from nape to first dorsal fin. Colour uniform reddish brown above, lighter below

Cruriraja ‘parcomaculata(Roughnose legskate)

A small rough legskate with a pointed snout and large conspicuous white thorns on snout, around eyes, on shoulders, and in several rows from nape to 1st dorsal fin. Colour sandy brown above, usually with scattered dark brown and whitish spots, very conspicuous in young but more obscure in adults; tail with conspicuous dark brown banding in juveniles, underside white.

Cruriraja ‘triangularis’ (Triangular legskate)

A legskate with large thorns on snout, around eyes, on shoulders, and in a single interrupted row on nape and from midback to 1st dorsal fin. Pectoral disk more angular than other legskates. Colour grey-brown above, with darker spots or patches along midline, young more conspicuously spotted than adults; pale below, no tail bands,  large thorns not conspicuously whitish

Text by Leonard J.V. Compagno, David A. Ebert and Malcolm J. Smale


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