Amblyraja georgiana (Norman, 1938)
Antarctic starry skate
Amblyraja georgiana
photo by Reyes, P.

Family:  Rajidae (Skates)
Max. size:  115 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 20 - 350 m
Distribution:  Southeast Pacific: Chile (Ref. 27540). Southern Ocean: around South Georgia Island and on the ridge westward towards Black Rocks. Occasionally seen on the Scotia Ridge.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Found on continental and insular shelves, as well as upper slopes. Feeds mainly on small benthic invertebrates (Ref. 114953). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Reaches maturity at 80-90 cm TL; birth size at ca. 20 cm TL (Ref. 114953). Distinct pairing with embrace. Young may tend to follow large objects, such as their mother (Ref. 205). Eggs are oblong capsules with stiff pointed horns at the corners deposited in sandy or muddy flats (Ref. 205). Egg capsule measures 116.5 mm long and 80.0 mm wide (Ref. 41249). Utilized as fishmeal and possibly not utilized for human consumption due to extreme roughness of its squamation (Ref. 5159).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 06 September 2004 Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Jarre-Teichmann, Astrid - 23.01.93
Modified by: Abucay, Luisa - 06.09.18
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 27.09.94

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