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Prickly deep-sea skate
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Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
Conservation status
Scientific classification
  • Bathyraja spinifera Garrick & Paul, 1974
  • Notoraja spinifera (Garrick & Paul, 1974)
  • Pavoraja spinifera (Garrick & Paul, 1974)

The prickly deep-sea skate (Brochiraja spinifera), or spiny deep-sea skate, is a skate in the family Arhynchobatidae. It is found off New Zealand, at depths of from 170 to 1,400 m on the continental shelf. Their length is from 60 to 80 cm.

Conservation status

The New Zealand Department of Conservation has classified the prickly deep-sea skate as "Data deficient" under the New Zealand Threat Classification System.

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