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Clearnose Skate

Clearnose Skate

Raja eglanteria

The clearnose skate is flat and shaped like a rhombus, with a pointed snout, two wings and a tail ending in two small dorsal fins. Its topside is brown with dark spots and bars, while its underside is white with no markings.

The clearnose skate gets its name from its translucent nose, or rostral ridge. The mouth, located on the skate’s underside, is lined with close-set teeth.

Unlike a stingray, the clearnose skate does not have stinging spines. Instead, a single row of blunt thorns runs down the center of the skate’s back to the tip of its tail.

Did You Know?

The clearnose skate gets its name from its translucent nose, or rostral ridge.

Diet

The clearnose skate’s diet consists of shrimp, mollusks, crustaceans and small fish.

Size

The clearnose skate reaches about 18 inches in width and 33 inches in length.

Range

The clearnose skate is found in the Atlantic, from Massachusetts to south Florida, and along the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico. The skate is commonly found inshore but may travel offshore in colder months and migrate south during the fall and winter.

Population Status

The clearnose skate is considered a species of least concern by the IUCN.

Predators

Predators include sharks and other large, carnivorous fish. Fishermen also catch the clearnose skate as bycatch.

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