The western looseskin skate (Insentiraja subtilispinosa), also known as the velvet skate, is a cartilaginous fish that can be observed on the continental slopes in the east-Indo-west-central Pacific ocean (think Indonesia, Philippines, and Australia region).
With a depth range of 320–1,460 metres, the western looseskin skate seems to prefer depths of 900–1,100 m. A rather small skate (getting up to 57 cm in total length), males are known to mature at 50 cm while females mature at a small 40-45 cm total length (TL). #Finfact: like others in the skate family, they are oviparous!
Outside of that, little else is known about its biology. The deep tends to have a soft substrates (like sand and mud) so these animals probably bury themselves as camouflage for predators (what those are we do not know at this point in time). Yet even the sand cannot save them from trawlers- this species is bycatch by deepwater trawlers. The IUCN has assessed them as Least Concern (LC).
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