Ray – Thornback (Raja clavata)

Ray – Thornback (Raja clavata)

Specimen weight: 8.0 kg (17.64 lbs)
Record: 37 lbs, Ling Rocks, Kinsale, 1961

Disc diamond-shaped; wing-tips more pointed and general outline more angular than in other rays. Characteristically, a curved row of rather large spines on the upper surface of each wing*. However, these spines are sometimes reduced in number or size or may be entirely lacking. Occasionally examples are taken which have some large spines on the underside, and such examples may or may not have spines on the upper surface. Coloration very variable. Typically, the upper side is sprinkled with dark and pale spots and may have some larger dark and pale markings. However, examples occur which have extensive white vermicular markings; or extensive black patches; or prominent black markings on the centre of each wing. Two colour variations. The most constant feature of the coloration of this ray is the dark banding on the tail. Grows to about 40 lb.

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