Dipturus nidarosiensis (Storm, 1881)
Norwegian skate
photo by Mouritsen, R.

Family:  Rajidae (Skates)
Max. size:  200 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 125 - 1420 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: fjords of central and southern Norway, southern Iceland, around Rockall Trough in Ireland and northern Mauritania (Ref. 4426); Western and central Mediterreneann Sea (Ref. 125963).
Biology:  Inhabit deep slope waters (Ref. 3167), probably most common on the mid-slope (Ref. 114953). Feed on all kinds of bottom animals (Ref. 3167), mainly invertebrates and small fishes (Ref. 114953). Size possibly up to 250 cm TL (Ref. 114953). Oviparous. 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 capsules are 18.2-26.0 cm long and 9.2-11.3 cm wide (Ref. 41251, 41309). Sizes of maturity and hatching unknown (Ref. 114953).
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 21 November 2014 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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