Introduction: The body of the spearnose skate (Raja alba) are almost quadrangular in shape. The front end is a pronounced long, pointed snout. The tail is almost as long as the body. There are 2 dorsal fins, both set far back on the tail. The mouth has between 40 and 45 rows of pavement teeth in each jaw. Raja is Latin for 'skate' and alba means 'white' a reference to their body spots.
Diet: Burrowing molluscs, prawns and some speices of small fish.
Colouration: Grey-brown overall body colour or darker brown. Adults often display whitish spots, scattered around the upper surface.
Breeding: Females produce 2 or more large, quadrangular, mermaid-purse egg capsules, which are attached to underwater plants.
Max size: 180cm disc width. Max weight: 97kg.