LONGNOSE SKATE

LONGNOSE SKATE

Highly flattened body. Long pointed snout. Leading edges of pectoral fins are concave near tip of snout, convex around head and have a second more defined concavity behind head before extending outward to free tips. Trailing edge of pectorals broadly rounded. Pelvic fins distinct. Row of spines above each eye and from lower back along tail. Dorsum shades of brown with subtle dark and/or pale spots. Dark patch on snout is not always obvious. Prominent dark circle (ocelli) on each pectoral fin with light centers. Ventrum pale. Eyes proportionately larger than big skate.

Scientific name: 
Raja rhina
Other Names: 
Big Skate
Depth of Catch: 
Generally found on gently sloping sand and mud bottoms usually below 20 meters to 600 meters.
Catch Area: 
British Columbia, Washington, Alaska, Southern California
Range of Shelf Life: 
Three to seven days, depending on the quality of handling the fish has received.
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