Dipturus springeri (Wallace, 1967)
Roughbelly skate
Dipturus springeri
photo by FAO

Family:  Rajidae (Skates)
Max. size:  192 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 88 - 740 m
Distribution:  Southeast Atlantic and Western Indian Ocean: in scattered localities from L├╝deritz, Namibia round the Cape (South Africa) to central Mozambique; also off Madagascar and Kenya; also found off India and Oman (Ref. 114953).
Diagnosis:  An all-dark longnose skate with its underside uniformly roughened by small denticles; snout acutely pointed and greatly elongated, and tail moderately stout and not conspicuously swollen; pectoral disc angular and broader than in other longnose skates in the area; no nape thorn (Ref. 5578). Dark grey to blackish above and below, ventral mucous pores black (Ref. 5578).
Biology:  Inhabits the outer shelf and upper slope (Ref. 5578). Rarely caught, probably inhabits hard bottoms that are seldom trawled (Ref. 114953). Feeds on bony fish, crabs and squid (Ref. 5578, Ref. 114953). Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Eggs have horn-like projections on the shell (Ref. 205). Males reaches maturity at 125-135 cm TL, females at 170-190 cm TL. Smallest known specimen at 27 cm TL (Ref. 114953) Probably caught by hake trawlers (Ref. 5578).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 24 April 2018 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 21.04.93
Modified by: Abucay, Luisa - 20.11.18
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 25.11.96

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