Temperate Oceans Animals

Skate
Skate
Class: Fishes: 4 classes Diet: Fish
Order: Rajiformes: Skates and Rays
Size: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Family: No Fish family information Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Raja batis Habitat: deep waters
Range: Eastern Atlantic Ocean: Arctic Ocean to Madeira; Mediterranean Sea

Size of SkateThe skate is a valuable commercial species, and large numbers are caught for food. Skates live in water from 30 to 600 m (98 to 2,000 ft) deep; only young fishes are found in the shallower part of this range. The skate has a flattened body, broad pectoral fins and a tiny tail. There are small spines on the tail and on the underside of the body; adult females also have spines on the front edge of the body, while males have spines on their backs.  Skates are bottom-dwellers; they feed on fish, crabs, lobsters and octopuses. Their eggs, deposited on the seabed, are encased in horny capsules which have long tips at each corner. The young are about 21 cm (8 1/4 in) long on hatching.

Range of Skate
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