The prickly skate, Brochiraja asperula, is an endemic skate to New Zealand waters found at depths of up to 200 to 1,300 m on the continental shelf and slope.
A dark brown colour, their skin is smooth until it reaches their hind body where it becomes prickly. They reach anywhere from 30 to 50 cm in size, and have a snout shorter than most other skate species. Although their distribution and habitat is known, their diet isn’t. However scientists know they are oviparous, with the mother laying two egg cases. #Finfact: The young may even follow their mother for a while!
The IUCN has assessed these animals as Data Deficient (DD).
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