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(Science: zoology) Any one of numerous species of large, flat elasmobranch fishes of the genus raia, having a long, slender tail, terminated by a small caudal fin. The pectoral fins, which are large and broad and united to the sides of the body and head, give a somewhat rhombic form to these fishes. The skin is more or less spinose.

Some of the species are used for food, as the European blue or gray skate (raia batis), which sometimes weighs nearly 200 pounds. The American smooth, or barn-door, skate (R. Laevis) is also a large species, often becoming three or four feet across. The common spiny skate (R. Erinacea) is much smaller. Skate's egg. See sea purse. Skate sucker, any marine leech of the genus Pontobdella, parasitic on skates.

Origin: Icel. Skata; cf. Prov. G. Schatten, meer-schatten, L. Squatus, squatina, and E. Shad.

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What is this animal?

Hmmmm... I would have to disagree with you. Here's a link to a picture of a skate skeleton.. http://chestofbooks.com/animals/zoology/Anatomy/images/Cartilaginous-skeleton-of-the-Skate.jpg

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by OdinsRaven
Thu May 31, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: What is this animal?
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Re: What is this animal?

... like a skull does not appear to be made of bone. It is a pity you did not turn it over and photograph it from beneath. My guess would be, mostly skate.

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by animartco
Thu May 31, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: What is this animal?
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Theories - Origin of Life

... were reported. Only 80 of the original 700 signing the petition were biologists to answer canalon's question since scottie tried to skate past it (if indeed this is his source, he didn't cite a source). All are welcome to review the wiki-article on " A Scientific Dissent From ...

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by freerob
Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:43 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
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Re: Enzymes

... understand the biological side of my psychology degree! fortunately I'm not quite as inept when it comes to psychology...! Ha my name comes from a skateboarder named Chad Muska. When I was younger I used to skate and had Chad Muska's siganture deck, so a few people started calling me Muska and ...

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by Muska
Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:50 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Enzymes
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