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Class: Elasmobranchii
Order: Rajiformes
Family: Rajidae Skates

Genus: Dipturus

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Dipturus acrobelus Deepwater skate Indo-West Pacific 137.1 TL 2008
Dipturus amphispinus Ridgeback skate Western Central Pacific 89.7 TL 2013
Dipturus apricus Pale tropical skate Western Central Pacific 76.5 TL 2008
Dipturus argentinensis Argentine skate Southwest Atlantic 93.5 TL 2008
Dipturus batis Blue skate Northeastern Atlantic 285 TL 1758
Dipturus bullisi Bullis skate Western Central Atlantic 48 WD 1962
Dipturus campbelli Blackspot skate Western Indian Ocean 66 TL 1967
Dipturus canutus Grey skate Indo-west Pacific 90.4 TL 2008
Dipturus chinensis Northwest Pacific 68 TL 1855
Dipturus crosnieri Madagascar skate Western Indian Ocean 61 TL 1989
Dipturus diehli Thorny tail skate Southwest Atlantic 101.2 DL 2001
Dipturus doutrei Violet skate Eastern Central Atlantic 115 TL 1960
Dipturus ecuadoriensis Ecuador skate Southeast Pacific 39 TL 1941
Dipturus flavirostris Southeast Pacific 120 TL 1892
Dipturus garricki San Blas skate Western Central Atlantic 107 TL 1958
Dipturus gigas Giant skate Northwest Pacific 186 TL 1958
Dipturus grahamorum Graham’s skate Southwest Pacific 64.1 TL 2008
Dipturus gudgeri Bight skate Indo-West Pacific 184 TL 1940
Dipturus innominatus New Zealand smooth skate Southwest Pacific 240 TL 1974
Dipturus intermedius Northeast Atlantic 285 TL 1837
Dipturus johannisdavisi Travancore skate Western Indian Ocean 54 TL 1899
Dipturus kwangtungensis Kwangtung skate Northwest Pacific 75.7 TL 1960
Dipturus laevis Barndoor skate Western Atlantic 163 TL 1818
Dipturus lamillai Warrah skate Southwestern Atlantic 114 TL 2019
Dipturus lanceorostratus Rattail skate Western Indian Ocean 82 TL 1967
Dipturus leptocauda Thintail skate Southwest Atlantic 67 TL 1975
Dipturus macrocauda Bigtail skate Northwest Pacific 120 TL 1955
Dipturus melanospilus Blacktip skate Western Pacific 77.7 TL 2008
Dipturus mennii South Brazilian skate Southwest Atlantic 167 TL 2001
Dipturus nidarosiensis Norwegian skate Eastern Atlantic 200 TL 1881
Dipturus olseni Spreadfin skate Western Central Atlantic 69 TL 1951
Dipturus oregoni Hooktail skate Western Central Atlantic 144 TL 1958
Dipturus oxyrinchus Longnosed skate Eastern Atlantic 150 TL 1758
Dipturus pullopunctatus Slime skate Southeast Atlantic 130 TL 1964
Dipturus queenslandicus Queensland deepwater skate Western Pacific 76.1 TL 2008
Dipturus springeri Roughbelly skate Southeast Atlantic and We 192 TL 1967
Dipturus stenorhynchus Prow-nose skate Western Indian Ocean 101 TL 1967
Dipturus teevani Prickly brown ray Western Atlantic 84 TL 1951
Dipturus tengu Acutenose skate Western Pacific 113 TL 1903
Dipturus trachyderma Ray Southeast Pacific 264 TL 1975
Dipturus wengi Weng’s skate Western Pacific to Southw 128 TL 2008
Dipturus wuhanlingi China skate Northwest Pacific 78.4 TL 2008

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