The Southern round skate (Irolita waitii) is the other member of the endemic Australian genus Irolita opposite the Western round skate (Irolita westraliensis). #Finfact: The Southern round skate was almost described a century ago!
Irolita westraliensis sp. nov., adult male holotype (CSIRO H 3243–01, 348 mm TL, fresh): A, dorsal surface; B, ventral surface. In: LAST, P.R. & GLEDHILL, D.C. 2008 A new species of round skate, Irolita westraliensis sp. nov. (Rajoidei: Arhynchobatidae), from northern Western Australia. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 21: 173-181
The Western round skate (Irolita westraliensis) is found on the outer continental shelf off northwestern Australia and can get up to 43 cm in length. These skates are a brown colour with bluish spots on their dorsal side. Their dorsal fins and claspers are also brown, while the skate is a pale colour below. This pale colour can be a grey green to brown colour.
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