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Identification guide to skates (Family Rajidae) of the Canadian Atlantic and adjacent regions

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Kenneth J. Sulak, P. D. MacWhirter, K.E. Luke, A.D. Norem, J.M. Miller, J.A. Cooper, and L.E. Harris, 2009, Identification guide to skates (Family Rajidae) of the Canadian Atlantic and adjacent regions: Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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Ecosystem-based management requires sound information on the distribution and abundance of species both common and rare. Therefore, the accurate identification for all marine species has assumed a much greater importance. The identification of many skate species is difficult as several are easily confused and has been found to be problematic in both survey data and fisheries data collection. Identification guides, in combination with training and periodic validation of taxonomic information, improve our accuracy in monitoring data required for ecosystem-based management and monitoring of populations. This guide offers a comparative synthesis of skate species known to occur in Atlantic Canada and adjacent regions. The taxonomic nomenclature [...]

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