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Cuckoo Ray (RAJA NAEVUS)

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RAY, CUCKOO / RAJA NAEVUS
*AT AT 2.57 5.11 Causeway Coast N. Ireland 75 V. Morrison
*SH SH 2.09 4.10 Cornwall England 81 C. Wills

The Cuckoo Ray (RAJA NAEVUS)

is one of the easiest of the rays to identify. This is because it has a large black with yellow marbling spot on each wing with the rest of the upper surface being a light fawn to grey-brown in colour. The underside is white. It also has two rows of curved spines positioned closely together down each side of the tail and part way up on to the body disc.

The habitat where the Cuckoo Ray is found includes most types of ground in depths of 30m to over 150m, although more so in the 70m to the 120m range. The usual size of this ray is 2 to 3 lb.

cuckoo ray (RAJA NAEVUS)

The Cuckoo Ray is relatively common and is found all round the UK although scarce in the lower North Sea. It feeds on small crustaceans, worms and small fish, such as sandeels. The eggs of the Cuckoo Ray in their rectangular cases are laid between December through to May.

 

 

 

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