The mosaic skate (Pavoraja mosaica) is a skate found from the continental slope off Queensland, Australia at depths of up to 300-405 m. Reaching lengths of up to 28 cm, their diet and reproduction methods are unknown.
Their dorsal side is a pale colour with dark brown spots and reticulations, while their ventral surface is pale. The outer corners of their disc is a pale grey; speaking of discs, the disc is subcircular in females and in juveniles, they are heart-shaped in males. They are often caught as bycatch with the false peacock skate (Pavoraja pseudonitida) as trawl bycatch. They are listed as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN.
want to see these skates? so do we!
you may also like:
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
SEE MELISSA'S TEDx TALK HERE:
SEARCH BY CATEGORIES