Fenestraja plutonia (Garman, 1881)
Pluto skate
Fenestraja plutonia
photo by Flescher, D.

Family:  Gurgesiellidae (Pygmy skates)
Max. size:  25.3 cm TL (female)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 290 - 750 m
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: North Carolina, USA to the Gulf of Mexico.
Diagnosis:  First and dorsal confluent. Thorns on anterior part of tail and disc are larger and more conspicuous. Upper surface from pale yellowish brown to darker greyish brown, purplish brown or mouse gray. Lower surface yellowish white (Ref. 6902).
Biology:  Deep water species (Ref. 6902). Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Eggs have horn-like projections on the shell (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 01 January 2007 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 30.03.99
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 19.11.18

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