Bathyraja albomaculata

(Norman, 1937)

White-dotted skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Arhynchobatidae

Reference of the original description
Norman, J.R. (1937)
Coast fishes. Part II. The Patagonian region. Discovery Reports, 16: 1–150, figs 1–76., pls 1–5

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Breviraja albomaculata, Raja albomaculata, Rhinoraja albomaculata

Bathyraja albomaculata
Holotype: BMNH: 1936.8.26.103 Paratype: BMNH: 1936.8.26.99 BMNH: 1936.8.26.100 BMNH: 1936.8.26.101 BMNH: 1936.8.26.102

Description :

Citation: Bathyraja albomaculata (Norman, 1937): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 11/2021

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Bathyraja albomaculata (NORMAN, 1937), male © Diego Almendras, Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile
Common names
spa Raya de lunares, spa Raya de manchas blancas, eng Spotted ray, eng White-dotted skate

Southeast Pacific: Guamblín Island, Chile. Southwest Atlantic: Patagonia, Argentina and the Falkland Islands. Also Uruguay (Ref. 58429). Source:

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Eggs have horn-like projections on the shell [17086]. Mature gonads are symmetrical in terms of mass, and similar in ovarian follicle number and size (Ref. 58429). Egg laying possibly throughout the year (Ref. 58429). Feeds mainly on amphipod and polychaete (Ref. 54177). As the fish increased in size, polychaetes became important and the importance of amphipods decreased. In larger animals, >40 cm D, isopods and Loligo gahi also increased in importance (Ref. 54177).

Size / Weight / Age
14.4 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 27092))

demersal; marine; depth range 130 - 434 m (Ref. 27092)

shark-references Species-ID=496;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Otodistomum plunketi Fyfe, 1953 [21203]