Atypical characteristics in the longnosed skate Dipturus oxyrinchus (Linnaeus, 1758) from the coast of Syria (Eastern Mediterranean)


A specimen of sharpnosed skate Dipturus oxyrinchus (Linnaeus, 1758) presenting snout and tail abnormalities was captured off the Syrian coast. It is an adult female with a shortened and rounded snout, lack of second dorsal fin and a reduced and rounded caudal fin. This abnormal specimen is described in the present note, and it appears that both snout and tail abnormalities did not affect their development and they reached similar parameters and swimming activities than the normal ones.

DOI Code: 10.1285/i15910725v37p71

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