Mermaids purse

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.

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