A small skate with a subcircular disc; snout short, supported by a firm rostral cartilage; tail short, broad, flattened; two dorsal fins near the end of the tail; thorns present along the middle of the back from behind the eyes to the tail, above the eyes, and near the outer margins of the wings. Greyish, to blackish or brown with lighter and darker reticulations and blotches; pale below with a dark tip to snout. To 55 cm.
This common species feeds on small fishes and crustaceans. Females lay small leathery rectangular egg cases that are often called 'mermaid's purses'.
Muddy bottoms in shallow bays and estuaries and along the coast, in depths of 0-170 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern