Recently the Common Skate (Dipturus batis) was recognised as being two distinct species - with the Flapper Skate D. cf. intermedia being the more northerly (and larger) of the two, and the more southerly species being the Blue Skate which is likely to retain the name D. batis (scientific names are still being decided). This individual looks like D. intermedia and that fits with the distribution and where it was sighted. The "common skate" is, in fact very rare. It is classified as critically endangered by the IUCN red list of threatened species http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2006.RLTS.T39397A10198950.en
|Identification:||Bird, C and Vieira, R and Gordon, C|
|Date:||08 October 2016|
|Classification:||Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata (Chordates) > Class Chondrichthyes (Rays, Sharks & relatives) > Rajiformes (Rays, skates & sawfishes) > Rajidae (Rays & skates)|
|Behaviour:||A brief encounter with this skate. The skate was on the seabed near some survey equipment as the ROV approached to recovery the gear. It began to swim away as it was illuminated by the ROV lights.|
|Site:||Atlantic > North Sea > West of Shetland > Lancaster|
North Sea > West of Shetland > Lancaster
|Latitude:||60 deg 11' 13" N|
|Longitude:||3 deg 51' 18" W|
|Countries:||UK > West of Shetland|
|Project Partners:||Hurricane Energy, Transocean, Oceaneering|
|Keywords:||Common Skate Dipturus|
|Deposited By:||Dr Andrew Gates|
|Deposited On:||20 October 2016|
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