Winter Skate Gulf of St. Lawrence population
Scientific Name: Leucoraja ocellata
Taxonomy Group: Fishes
Range: Atlantic Ocean
Last COSEWIC Assessment: May 2015
Last COSEWIC Designation: Endangered
SARA Status: No schedule, No Status
Image of Winter Skate
Provincial and Territorial Protection
PLEASE NOTE: Not all COSEWIC reports are currently available on the SARA Public Registry. Most of the reports not yet available are status reports for species assessed by COSEWIC prior to May 2002. Other COSEWIC reports not yet available may include those species assessed as Extinct, Data Deficient or Not at Risk. In the meantime, they are available on request from the COSEWIC Secretariat.
3 record(s) found.
- COSEWIC Status Reports (1 record(s) found.)
- Response Statements (1 record(s) found.)
- COSEWIC Annual Reports (1 record(s) found.)
COSEWIC Status Reports
COSEWIC assessment and status report on the Winter Skate Leucoraja ocellata, Gulf of St. Lawrence population, Eastern Scotian Shelf - Newfoundland population and Western Scotian Shelf - Georges Bank population in Canada (2016)Winter Skate (Leucoraja ocellata Mitchill 1815), also known as the big or eyed skate, can be distinguished from other skate species, with the exception of a co-occurring species, Little Skate (Leucoraja erinacea), by its very round and obtuse snout bearing two opaque patches of cartilage, the presence of three or more rows of thorns on its tail and upper body (disc) from the shoulder region to the origin of the first dorsal fin, round dark spots on its upper disc, and generally one or more eye spots near the rear corner of each pectoral fin. Specimens that lack these spots resemble Little Skate so closely when small (21) on the midline of the tail than do Little Skate.
COSEWIC Annual Reports
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