Spotted Ray

Common Name: Spotted Ray

Scientific Name: *Raja montagui

(synonym: Dipturus montagui)

Description: The diamond-shaped spotted ray is one of the smallest skate species. It has a varied diet, eating crustaceans, worms and fish. The young often live in shallow areas near the coastline, known as nursery grounds, but adults are typically found further offshore.

OSPAR Regions where it occurs: II, III, IV, V

OSPAR Regions where under threat and/or in decline: II, III, IV, V

What is the latest status of the Spotted ray?

The status assessment describes the latest changes in distribution, abundance and range of the feature, as well as any changes in the threats and pressures impacting the feature. The status assessments are updated regularly and inform OSPAR’s consideration of the effectiveness of the measures and actions that have been adopted and implemented by Contracting Parties.

Why is this feature included on the OSPAR List?

What protective measures and actions has OSPAR committed to taking?

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