Skate and Ray Identification Guides

The identification guides below provide a rapid and accurate key for identifying the most commonly caught skates and rays in the UK, as well as some rarer species which could be encountered by anglers.

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.

Additional ID guides and factsheets are also available for sharks, skates and rays encountered in the Northeast Atlantic.

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Skate and Ray ID Guides and Factsheets