Ready for another "flatshark" from the land down under? The Dusky Skate (Pavoraja umbrosa) is a small softnose skate that is endemic to Australia. Getting up to at least 37 cm total length (TL), this species has been recorded on the continental slope off the east coast of Australia down to 360-730 metres deep.
This skate may be occasionally taken as bycatch in trawl fisheries, but while there are many fisheries operation in eastern Australia not many are around the limited range of this animal (or go that deep). Good to note, since deep-water Chondricthyans can be sensitive to fishing pressure. Like many deep-water animals there is no information on stock size, population trends, or catch rates. The IUCN has assessed these animals as Least Concern (LC).
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