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    CLEARNOSE SKATE
    Raja eglanteria


    Identification
    Disc angular, front edges nearly straight or slightly concave; snout pointed.  Broad clear
    areas on both sides of snout (hence the name 'clearnose').  Single mid-dorsal ridge of
    large spines/denticles.  Disc brownish with dark brown bars, streaks, and some spots
    dorsally and whitish ventrally.  Well developed caudal fin.  Dorsal fins present and located
    on tail.

    Habitat
    Found most commonly in shallow coastal waters but reported as deep as 1,000 feet of
    water; sometimes enters lower reaches (high saline) of estuaries and bays.

    Feeding
    Benthic feeder.  Feeds mainly on benthic crustaceans, bivalves, marine worms, squids,
    and fishes.

    Reproduction
    Breed while inshore. Oviparous; females deposit leathery dark-brown translucent egg
    cases, as many as 66 in a single reproductive season. Empty egg cases are often found
    washed up on coastal beaches; commonly called 'mermaids purses'.

    Size/Age
    Up to 2.5 feet in wing span

    Human Factors
    Non-aggressive species of no danger to humans.
















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