Habitat: the Thornback ray occurs along coastal areas and around shallow seamounts and at depths of between 10 and 250 m.
Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline.
Biology: the maximum reported size for this species is 120 cm (18 kg). The Thornback ray is expected to have a minimum population doubling time of up to 14 years and a maximum reported age of 23 years.
Conservation status: although local stocks appear to be healthy, this species has been red-listed by the IUCN as being threatened in the North Atlantic.