A legskate near the BOP at Mzia-2. In leg skates the 'leg' is the modified pelvic fin, which is divided into 2 distinct lobes in this family (Anacanthobatidae). This is likely a Sinobatis or Anacanthobatis species accoring to elongated pointed snout, very slender tail and elongated low caudal fin. Anacanthobatis ori, a small species, is a likely species identification based on the plain brown colour, nasal curtains not overlapping the mouth corners, depth and known distribution (Mozambique). Although known from further south this observation from Tanzania is a new locality record.

Item Type:Image
Creator(s):Gates, A.
Identification:Ebert, D. and Last, P. and Stehmann, M. and Séret, B and Moore, A.
Date:30 March 2013
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata (Chordates) > Class Chondrichthyes (Rays, Sharks & relatives) > Rajiformes (Rays, skates & sawfishes)
Species:Anacanthobatis ori
Site:Indian > Indian Ocean > East Africa > Mzia-2
Site Description:Seafloor
Depth (m):1618
Countries:East Africa > Tanzania
Substratum:Deep-sea mud
Rig:Deep Sea Metro I
Project Partners:BG Group, Oceaneering
ROV:Millennium 113
Keywords:Legskate Tanzania Indian Ocean
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Gates
Deposited On:11 September 2014

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