Melbourne Skate

Spiniraja whitleyi (Iredale, 1938)

A large skate with an angled disc; snout broadly pointed with a central cartilaginous support; tail short, with 1-3 rows of thorns and two dorsal fins near the tip; 1-4 thorns along the middle behind the head; a patch of thorns on each wing. Grey or greyish-brown on top, scattered with white flecks, underside pale. Juveniles have a large dark blotch on each wing.

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What habitats does Spiniraja whitleyi live in?

The Melbourne Skate is one of the few skates to live on hard bottoms around reefs, although it also occurs on soft bottoms from intertidal zones out to a depth of around 345m

What is the distribution of Spiniraja whitleyi?

Southern Australia widely distributed on the continental shelf from about Sydney, New South Wales, to about Albany, Western Australia, and around Tasmania

How big does Spiniraja whitleyi grow?

Can grow to around 170cm long and up to around 50kg

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