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!
Found on the continental shelf of Australia from Western Australia to south Australia, they are a small, round skate with a long, thorned tail. They can get up to 52 cm in length, with males maturing at 46 cm. This makes them a little bit bigger than the Western round skate.
The Southern round skate is a pale yellow colour, with blue spots interspersed with brown spots on its dorsal side. Blue markings near their eyes and back form ocelli. They are ventrally grey-to-black in colour, with their claspers being pale and brown spottings. Like the Western round skate, little else is known about these animals. The IUCN has currently assessed them as Least Concern (LC).
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