PLEASE NOTE: Not all COSEWIC reports are currently available on the SARA Public Registry. Most of the reports not yet available are status reports for species assessed by COSEWIC prior to May 2002. Other COSEWIC reports not yet available may include those species assessed as Extinct, Data Deficient or Not at Risk. In the meantime, they are available on request from the COSEWIC Secretariat.
Barndoor Skate is one of the largest skates in the western Atlantic, reaching a total length of 163 cm. Another common name is the sharpnose skate and, in French, it is called grande raie. It is distinguished from other skates by (collectively) having an acute snout, a relative absence of thorns, an upper surface that is generally brown with numerous dark spots, and an oval spot or eye in the centre of each pectoral fin (wing). The lower surface is white to grey with dark pigmented ampullar pores in larger individuals.
Under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA), the foremost function of COSEWIC is to “assess the status of each wildlife species considered by COSEWIC to be at risk and, as part of the assessment, identify existing and potential threats to the species”.
COSEWIC held two Wildlife Species Assessment Meetings during the past year assessing the status or reviewing the classification of a total of 92 wildlife species.