McCain's Skate, Bathyraja maccaini Springer 1971

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A large deepwater skate found in Australia's subantarctic/Antarctic waters.

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McCain's Skate, Bathyraja maccaini Springer 1971

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Occurs in Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic waters, including Orkney and South Shetland Islands to the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea and the Ross Sea, at depths to 500 m.


Taken as bycatch in commercial trawl fisheries.

Species Citation

Bathyraja maccaini Springer 1971, Antarctic Research Series, Washington DC. 17: 1-10. Type locality: off Low Island, Antarctic Peninsula, 63°25'30"S, 62°09'30"W to 62°09'42"W, depth 91 fathoms.


Bray, D.J. 2018

McCain's Skate, Bathyraja maccaini Springer 1971


Compagno, L.J.V. 1999. Checklist of living elasmobranchs. In, Hamlett, W.C. (ed.) Sharks, Skates, and Rays: the Biology of Elasmobranch Fishes. Baltimore & London : John Hopkins University Press 515 pp.

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Last, P.R., Séret, B., Stehmann, M.F.W. & Weigmann, S. 2016. 19. Skates. Family Rajidae. pp. 204-363 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.

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Miller, R.G. 1993. History and atlas of the fishes of the Antarctic Ocean. Foresta Institute for Ocean and Mountain Studies. Carson City, Nevada. i-xx + 1-792.

Stehmann, M.F.W. 1986. Notes on the systematics of the rajid genus Bathyraja and its distribution in the world oceans. pp. 261-268 in Uyeno, T., Arai, R., Taniuchi, T. & Matsuura, K. (eds). Indo-Pacific Fish Biology. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Indo-Pacific Fishes. Tokyo : Ichthyological Society of Japan 985 pp.

Stehmann, M. & Bürkel, D.L. 1990. Family 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:37031751

Conservation:IUCN Near Threatened

Depth:145-500 m

Max Size:120 cm TL

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