Sandy ray (Leucoraja circularis)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandMainly found of the north coast of Scotland and the Shetland Isles but also off western Scotland and Ireland.
HabitatThe sandy ray is an offshore demersal species with a depth range of 70-275 m, often found on sandy or muddy bottoms.
- Up to 1.2 m in legth.
- Light to dark brown in colour.
- Pointed snout with a prickly underside.
- A row of about 8 thorns on the inner margin of the eyes and a triangle of thorns near the shoulder.
- Upper surface covered in spines.
- The tail is only slightly longer than the body.
- Four to six creamy spots on each wing.
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Last Updated: 25/03/2008