IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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  Common names: skate (English), raya (Espanol)
Dipturus chilensis Guichenot, 1848

Yellownose skate

Disc rhomboidal, width ~ 1.75 length; snout long, prominent (length ~ 19% of TL) stiff, with concave sides; 25-35 rows of teeth on top jaw; dorsal fins close together  (separated by less than distance between eyes) no tail fin; 3-5 spines on front and top of eye; 1 large solitary spine on mid-nape; middle of back with or without small denticulations; tail with 10-21 thorns from region above origin of pelvic fins rearwards; 1-2 small spines at edge of disc between snout and pectoral.

Grey above, with a few whitish and red-brown blotches, a pair of larger, darker red-brown blotches on each pectoral fin; belly white with grey blotches or grey with white blotches, with dark pores.

Size: to at least 170 cm.

Habitat: on soft bottoms.

Depth: 30-150 m.

Argentina; and (possibly) Ecuador to Chile in the eastern Pacific.


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