The longnose deepsea skate, Bathyraja shuntovi, is a thin-bodied, pale brown/grey coloured skate. They sometimes have darker spots, and are creamy coloured underneath. Juveniles are a bit different, with a dark blue color dorsally and black and white pattern beneath.
They lack dorsal thorns, but have a single row along the midline of their tail. Mature males have a large, elongated patch of alar thorns. They have an extremely long and flexible snout, which distinguishes them from others of the genus in New Zealand waters. The IUCN has assessed them as Data Deficient (DD).
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