Bathyraja albomaculata

Common Name

White-dotted Skate

Year Described

Norman, 1937


Nuchal median thorns: 3-4
Tail median thorns: 18-22

Disk diamond shaped and quite smooth (rarely a few prickles on anterior disk margin, the midline, and around the orbits). Median thorn row continuous. Snout relatively short with slightly convex anterior margins. Anterior margin of pectoral fins concave. No ocular or scapular thorns. Alar thorns number 16-20. Dorsal fins are separated by an interdorsal thorn. Claspers slender with slightly enlarged tips. Teeth are conical and sharp.


Dorsum medium to dark brown with indistinct marbling or small dark blotches. The entire disk is covered in small white spots. Ventrum is white, with slightly darker posterior margins of disk and some spots on the lower tail.


Maximum disk width to 60cm.


Captured on the continental shelf and slope between 72-945m (mostly between 200-300m). Smaller specimens are usually found at greater depth.


Southwest Atlantic: Uruguay to Tierra del Fuego, Chile, including the Falkland Is. Also in the SE Pacific.


Bizikov, V., Arkhipkin A.I., Laptikhovsky VV., Pompert J.H.W. 2004. Identification guide and biology of the Falkland skates. Stanley, Falkland Islands: Fisheries Department, Falkland Island Government. 11 p.