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
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.
Benthic feeder. Feeds mainly on benthic crustaceans, bivalves, marine worms, squids,
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'.
Up to 2.5 feet in wing span
Non-aggressive species of no danger to humans.
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