The Small-eyed Ray or Painted Ray (Raja microcellata) can grow up to around 18lb but they are usually smaller than that at about 10lb.
A short snouted ray with sharp disc corners forming approximately right angles. The eye is small. The spines on the middle line of the back and tail have narrow points bent at right angles, thus lying almost flat along the body. The spines are closely packed and small, as are the single series each side of the tail. Colour: greyish to light brown with large white spots and lines (sometimes feint) which run almost parallel to the margins of the disc. Underside is white. Breeding: Ripe females have been found through out the summer in the English channel.
Confined to sandy grounds in particular to certain sandy bays and estuaries in shallow to moderate depths.
English channel and south west of England and Ireland.
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