Raja africana Capapé, 1977
African ray
Raja africana
photo by FAO

Family:  Rajidae (Skates)
Max. size:  80 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 50 - 400 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Tunisia and coast of Mauritania. Raja africana Capapé, 1977 is a homonym, being preoccupied by Raja africana Bloch & Schneider, 1801(Ref. 26282) and thus needs a replacement name. Validity of this species questioned in Compagno's 1999 checklist (Ref. 35766).
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Found in shelf and slope waters, depending on seasonal lower bottom water temperatures. Feeds on crustaceans and bony fishes (Ref. 3167). Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Eggs have horn-like projections on the shell (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 04.03.94
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 16.02.04
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 07.04.94

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