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Fish #30 Sandy Ray Leucoraja circularis ~ Julia Colquitt Roach
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The elusive offshore species the Sandy Ray, Leucoraja Circularis is usually 70cms to 120cms in length. The Sandy Ray's colouration is variable from a light to a red brown, though in some documentation it is suggested that it can also be dark brown. The underside is white and on each pectoral fin there are usually four to six spots. The sturdy tail is longer than the body and the snout has a beautifully pronounced tip.
There is limited information about the ray's diet, though the likelihood is that it feeds on various bottom dwelling invertebrates, particularly crustaceans and small teleost fish. There is little information about the Sandy Ray's reproductive cycle, eggs are laid in pairs in soft substrates.
The Sandy Ray dwells at depths of 100 metres and more in the Northeast Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea in sandy or muddy sea beds along the edge of the continental shelf and upper slope. It is taken as bycatch in multi-species trawl fisheries and offshore bottom longlines. The species is suspected to have declined overall by more than 50% in the last three generations (29 years) and the Sandy Ray is now classified as an endangered species.
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