Common Name(s): Common Skate
Scientific Name: Raja batis
Usual Size:up to 200lb although fish over 400lb have been caught commercially
UK Record Weights from rod/line:
MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat: 25lb
Large size (most commonly caught large skate) The Snout is long and anterior margin of the wing is concave on adults, almost straight on juveniles. The backs of males are covered with small prickles more so on the nose area Most R.batis have one median row of spines and two lateral running down the tail and normally have one or two inter-dorsal spines. Colour: Olive grey/brown with white/cream spots on the back, white with numerous small black dots on the underside. On juveniles and males the amount of spots almost make the underside look black.
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