Springeria folirostris

Common Name

Leafnose Legskate

Year Described

Bigelow & Schroeder, 1951


Disk broad and spade-shaped, with a very long snout (21-22% TL). The snout tip is filamentous, with unique flap-like expansions on either side of the base. Pectoral fin origin at about half snout length. Eyes close together. Mouth slightly arched with 22-26 rows of teeth. Pelvic fins divided into anterior and posterior sections; the anterior part long and limb-like and the posterior part small and attached to the pectoral fin. Very slender tail lacks dorsal fins and lateral folds, has a small caudal fin (divided by vertebral column), and is 50-52% of TL. Body naked except for small alar patch in males.


Gray to greenish-gray, with reddish pigment along the pectoral edges and along snout and rostral filament. Area on either side of rostrum fairly translucent. Belly is pale gray.


Maximum size is 58cm TL for males and 62cmm TL for females.


Captured at 300-512m over soft bottoms.


Northern Gulf of Mexico


Last, P.R., White, W.T., Carvalho, M.R. de, Séret, B., Stehmann, M.F.W & Naylor, G.J.P (Eds.). 2016. Rays of the World. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

McEachran, J.D. & J.D. Fechhelm. 1998. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Volume 1: Myxiniformes to Gasterosteiformes. University of Texas Press, Austin. i-viii + 1-1112.