Small-eyed ray (Raja microocellata)
|Researched by||Morvan Barnes||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Raja microcellata|
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandFound off the southern and western coasts of England and most of Ireland. Particularly common in the Bristol and English Channels.
HabitatThe small-eyed ray is a coastal and inshore demersal species inhabiting the inner continental shelf waters down to a depth of 100 m. Usually found on sand and rock-sand bottoms.
- Up to 80 cm in legth.
- Greyish olive to light brown upper colouring with light blotches and long bands.
- Underside is white.
- Pointed but wide snout.
- The tail is often slightly shorter than the body.
- Upper surface is covered in spines.
- A regular row of about 50 thorns from nape of neck to first dorsal fin.
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Last Updated: 22/05/2008