Thornback Ray (Raja Clavata)
Latin name: Raja clavata
Common name: Thornback ray
In other languages: E: Raya de clavos, F: Raie Bouclae, D: Nagelrochen
Habitat: In depths from 20 metres down to 200 metres and on sandy seabed.
Behaviour: Nocturnal, they appear to be somewhat lethargic on seabed areas where in fact they are awaiting the night when they can once again hunt unseen.
Diet: Crustaceans and fish.
Size: Common: 30 - 80cm, maximum: 110cm.
Did you know? This ray is the one that produces the famed 'mermaids's purses' that are washed up on beaches during the winter and early spring.