Relatives Of Sharks – Rays, Skates & Chimaeras

Manta Ray

The shark’s closest relatives are skates and rays, of which there are over 600 different species. Other lesser-known relatives are the chimaeras, which are rare in today’s oceans. Chondrichthyans Collectively, sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras are known as Chondrichthyans. In general, this group is characterised by a cartilaginous skeleton (as opposed to a bony one), … Read more