The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.
Habitat & Distribution
One of the most distinctive European rays, this species is an offshore, demersal, fish
most often found on sandy bottoms in deeper water with a depth range of 50-200m. A more southerly species it is recorded from the south coast of England from Cornwall (rare) to Kent, north-west Wales, south-west Scotland and the south and west coasts of Ireland. It is perhaps, most common in the mid and eastern end of the English Channel and the Channel Islands. This species has recently been placed on the UK List of Priority Species.
I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.
The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.