Mermaids purse from a skate
Scientific names: Skates (a group of specie) have the scientific
name Rajidae. Raia is Latin and means skate. Amongst the rokers, scientific
name, Raja clavata, clavata means barbed or spined which refers
to the spines on the back and tail. The common skates scientific name,
Raja batis is Greek for skate. In the starry rays scientific
name, Raja radiata, radiata means radiant.
Other english names: A variety of rays and skates
exist with unique names for the different species. Even
different local names exist for the same species. Among the
most common are the starry ray, roker, blue skate, grey
skate and the common skate.