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  Common names: ray (English), skate (English), raya (Espanol)
Raja cortezensis McEachran & Miyake, 1988

Cortez skate,     Cortez ray

Rhomboidal disc of flattened, pointed head, body and pectoral fins;  snout rigid; front edges of disc straight; large spiracles behind eyes; 34-37 rows of teeth in upper jaw; pelvic fins with 2 distinct lobes, rear one large; 2 small dorsal fins at rear of tail, no tail fin; spines on disc small, thin, not grooved, with oval bases; small thorns around eye and spiracle; no thorns on shoulders; short row of large thorns on midback behind eye; 1 row of small thorns on tail before dorsal fin, 1-3 thorns between dorsal fins ; spines on rear borders only of ventral side.

Upper surface brown; center of disc with scattered small dark spots or eye-sized mid-brown blotches; sometimes with 1-2 small ocelli on pectoral, at rear and opposite nape; lower surface pale.

Size: 36 cm.

Habitat: soft bottom.

Depth: 15-90 m.

Lower 2/3 of Baja and the lower 2/3 of the Gulf of California to northern Peru.


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