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Cornish Red Data (2009)

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.

Leucoraja circularis - Sandy Ray

Habitat & Distribution

Syn. Raja circularis Couch. A demersal species, normally found in deeper, colder water on sandy or muddy bottoms, around the north coast of Scotland, including the Orkneys, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides, and also the west coast of Ireland. It is a rare species in Cornish waters which is trawled from deeper water or occasionally caught by anglers. This species has 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.