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Neoraja stehmanni

(South African pygmy skate)


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Family : Skates ; Found on the upper slope [1]. Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Eggs have horn-like projections on the shell [2]. Probably taken by hake trawlers [1].

Common Names

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Common Names in Danish:

Afrikansk Pygm, Afrikansk pygmærokke

Common Names in Dutch:

Zuidafrikaanse dwergrog

Common Names in English:

African dwarf skate, African Pygmy Angelfish, African pygmy skate, South African pygmy skate

Common Names in Mandarin Chinese:

斯氏新鰩, 斯氏新鳐

Common Names in Vietnamese:

African dwarf skate


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Ecology: A deepwater skate that may have specialised habitat requirements based on its apparent restricted distribution. It has been recorded in depths of 292 to 1,025 m , but more commonly >600 m. It has been caught in considerable numbers (usually adults ) in limited areas below 600 m. Nothing is known of its biology .[3].

List of Habitats:


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Breviraja stehmanni Hulley • Breviraja stehmanni Hulley, 1972 • Neoraja (Neoraja) stehmanni (Hulley 1972) • Neoraja stehmanni


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: Data last modified by FishBase 28-Sep-1999

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Neoraja

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 5 species and subspecies in this genus:

N. africana (West African Pygmy Skate) · N. caerulea (Blue Rainbowfish) · N. carolinensis (Carolina's Novelskate) · N. iberica (Iberian Pygmy Skate) · N. stehmanni (South African Pygmy Skate)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 05, 2008:



  1. Compagno, L.J.V., D.A. Ebert and M.J. Smale (1989). Guide to the sharks and rays of southern Africa. New Holland (Publ.) Ltd., London. 158 p. [back]
  2. Breder, C.M. and D.E. Rosen (1966). Modes of reproduction in fishes. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, New Jersey. 941 p. [back]
  3. Smale, M.J. 2004. Neoraja stehmanni. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 February 2012. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-01-30