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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.
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