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Smooth skate, Malacoraja senta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Rajiformes
Family: Rajidae
Genus: Malacoraja
Stehmann, 1970

Malacoraja, or soft skates, is a small genus of skates in the family Rajidae found at depths of 46–1,568 m (151–5,144 ft) in the Atlantic.[1] It currently consists of four described species,[1] as well as a possible undescribed species.[2]



  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2011). Species of Malacoraja in FishBase. February 2011 version.
  2. ^ Ebert, David A. & Sulikowski, James A.; Biology of Skates. Springer, 2009