Deep Sea Skate

Bathyraja abyssicola

  • Rare
  • Depths 360 to 2,900 m; usually greater than 1,000 m
  • Total length to 155 cm
  • Dark gray to dark brown or black
  • Ventral surface darker than dorsal, whitish around mouth
  • Snout: flexible, long and narrow
  • No scapular thorns; one to five nuchal thorns
  • Continuous row of thorns, pelvic region to tail