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Softnose Skates

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18 October 2011 - Douglass F. Hoese


Some workers recognise a single Order Rajiformes for the skates and rays (Batoidei). We follow Nelson (2006) in recognising the main groups as separate orders, but also follow Compagno & Last (1999), Serena (2005) and Ebert & Compagno (2007) in also recognising the Rhinobatifomres as separate from the Rajiformes. The family classification within the order follow Last & Stevens (2009). Three families are known from Ausralia and all are morphologically very similar differing mainly in internal anatomy and pelvic fin structure.

Compagno (1973), Nishida (1990) and McEachran & Dunn (1998) discussed relationships.

The group occurs worldwide in marine and estuarine environements to marine environments to depths of over 3000 m. Some species occur in freshwater.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
16-Apr-2012 16-Apr-2012 MODIFIED
11-Mar-2010 MODIFIED