Smooth skate

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Smooth skate
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Rajiformes
Family: Anacanthobatidae
von Bonde & Swart, 1923

Anacanthobatidae, the smooth skates or leg skates, are a family of skate found at depths below 200 m (660 ft) in the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans.[1]

They lack the dorsal denticles (sharp tooth-like scales) of other rays, hence their name, from Greek an- meaning "without", acantha meaning "thorn", and bathys meaning "deep".

They are bottom dwelling fishes found on the continental slopes of tropical and subtropical waters.


  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2014). "Anacanthobatidae" in FishBase. February 2014 version.
  2. ^ Weigmann, S., Stehmann, M.F.W. & Thiel, R. (2014): Complementary redescription of Anacanthobatis ori (Wallace, 1967) and its assignment to Indobatis n. g. (Elasmobranchii, Anacanthobatidae), with comments on other legskates. Zootaxa, 3779 (2): 101–132.