Cuckoo Rays

Marine Wildlife >   Cuckoo Rays >

photo of a cuckoo ray

line

line

Scientific name:  Leucoraja naevus

Size:  Up to 75cm in length and up to 2.5kg in weight

Distribution:  Found all round the coast of the U.K.

Months seen:  All year round

Habitat:  Prefers muddy and sandy coastline

Food:  Worms, shrimps and fish

Special features:  Cuckoo Rays are a type of flat fish belonging to the skate family.  The underside is creamy-white in colour and the upper surface is greyish-brown.  There are rows of sharp, boney spines down the centre of the back from the head to the end of the tail.  The main identifying feature is a large black circle on each pectoral fin which has yellow coloured marbling through it.

Cuckoo Rays are also known as Cuckoo Skate or Butterfly Skate.

line

line

Related Pages


Bookmark and Share