Longtail skate

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Longtail skate
Arhynchobatis asperrimus (Longtail skate).gif
Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Rajiformes
Family: Rajidae
Genus: Arhynchobatis
Waite, 1909
Species: A. asperrimus
Binomial name
Arhynchobatis asperrimus
Waite, 1909

The longtail skate, Arhynchobatis asperrimus is a skate, the only member of the genus Arhynchobatis, found around New Zealand at depths of from 90 to 1,000 m on the continental shelf. Its length is from 30 to 75 cm.


  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). "Arhynchobatis asperrimus" in FishBase. February 2011 version.
  • Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8