Eaton's Skate, Bathyraja eatonii (Günther 1876)

Illustration of Eaton's Skate, Bathyraja eatonii. Source: Gon & Heemstra (eds) (1990) Fishes of the Southern Ocean / Biodiversity Heritage Library. License: CC BY Attribution

A brown to marbled brown and yellowish-brown skate, with the sides of the snout and thorns paler, and a white underside with a blackish margin on the disc, and black patches around the anus and on the tail. Juveniles have semi-translucent yellowish-brown margins on the disc and brown and white speckles.

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Eaton's Skate, Bathyraja eatonii (Günther 1876)

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Southern Ocean in Australia's Antarctic and Subantarctic waters.


Nuchal median thorns 1-2 (often absent in large adults); Tail median thorns 8-18.
Disk diamond shaped, juveniles covered in prickles, becoming smoother with age. Prickles in adults restricted to pectoral and pelvic patches and a median band on back. Median thorn row restricted to tail. Tail median thorn row flanked with lateral finfolds. Snout moderate, anterior margins almost straight. Pectoral fins with concave anterior margin. Ocular, rostral, and scapular thorns absent. Alar thorns in a curved band. Usually a single interdorsal thorn. Dorsal fins very close together. Pelvic fins strongly notched. Claspers stout. Teeth conical, sharp.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Eaton's Skate, Bathyraja eatonii (Günther 1876)


Last, P.R., Stehmann, M.F.W., Séret, B. & Weigmann, S. 2016. 20. Softnose Skates. Family Arhynchobatidae, pp. 346-472, in Last, P.R., White, W.T., Carvalho, M.R. de, Séret, B., Stehmann, M.F.W. & Naylor, G.J.P. (eds) Rays of the World. Clayton South, Victoria : CSIRO Publishing 790 pp.

McEachran, J.D. & Dunn, K.A. 1998. Phylogenetic analysis of skates, a morphologically conservative clade of elasmobranchs (Chondrichthyes: Rajidae). Copeia 1998(2): 271-290.

Stehmann, M. & Bürkel, D.L. 1990. Rajidae, pp. 86-97. In Gon, O. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds) Fishes of the Southern Ocean. Grahamstown : J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology 462 pp.

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CAAB Code:37031750

Depth:15-1500 m

Max Size:126 cm TL

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