Arctic skate

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Arctic skate
Amblyraja hyperborea1.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Rajiformes
Family: Rajidae
Genus: Amblyraja
Species: A. hyperborea
Binomial name
Amblyraja hyperborea
(Collett, 1879)

The Arctic skate (Amblyraja hyperborea) is a species of fish in Rajidae family. It lives near the seabed between 140 and 2,500 metres in the Arctic ocean and waters around Canada and Northern and North-West Europe, in northern Pacific ocean and in waters surrounding Antarctica and New Zealand.

The Arctic skate is about a metre long and is gray-brown with large dark spots. Its underside is white with dark patterns. It has thorns in line from back to near the end of its tail. It is oviparous; its eggs are capsules with hard horns on each corner. It eats all sorts of small animals at the bottom of the sea.


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