Irolita waitii (McCulloch, 1911)
Southern round skate

Family:  Arhynchobatidae (Softnose skates)
Max. size:  52 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 50 - 200 m
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: south-western Australia.
Biology:  Occur over soft bottoms of the continental shelf (Ref. 7300, 75154). 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 5.1-7.6 cm long and 3.2-3.8 cm wide (Ref. 41308). Males reaches maturity at ca. 46 cm TL. Occassionally caught as bycatch and typically discarded (Ref. 114953).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 May 2015 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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