Skate and Ray - ID Guides and Factsheets

The Shark Trust's skate and ray ID guides provide a rapid and accurate key for identifying the 21 species of skate and ray encountered in British and Irish waters. Eighteen of these are regularly encountered in coastal waters but only seven or eight are common. The Giant Devil Ray, Common Eagle Ray and Pelagic Stingray are also included despite being rare vagrant visitors.

Each guide includes the species; scientific name, common name, distribution, appearance, similar species and teeth. An ecology and biology section includes information about their habitat, diet, reproduction and commercial importance, threats conservation, legislation, IUCN Red List Assessment and handling advice.

The Shark Trust’s factsheets provide more detailed species information and includes a full reference list for further reading.

Shark ID guides and factsheets are also available.


British Skates & Rays


Related Links:

Skate and Ray Taxonomy

Skate and Ray Morphology

Shark - ID Guides and Factsheets


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