Leucoraja erinacea

(Mitchill, 1825)

Little skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
Mitchill, S.L. (1825)
The hedgehog-ray - a species of Fish taken occasionally near New-York, in the Atlantic Ocean, and now, as is believed, for the first time described American Journal of Science and Arts, 9, 290–293

Image of the original description

Leucoraja erinacea (Mitchill, 1825)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Leucoraja (Raja) erinacea, Raia erinacea, Raia erinaceus, Raja erinacea, Raja erinaceus, Raja (Leucoraja) erinacea

Leucoraja erinacea
XXXX: No types known;

Description :

Citation: Leucoraja erinacea (Mitchill, 1825): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Leucoraja erinacea (Mitchill, 1825), male, adult, coll. no. 3690/79, "Anton Dohrn", stat. 6432/79, 40°04.8'B, 72°07.5'W, 12.11.1979, New York, 78 m depth, leg. by Dr. M. Stehmann © Dr. Simon Weigmann, Elasmobranch Research Laboratory, Hamburg, Germany
Common names
fra \(T\) Raie hérisson, fra \(T\) Raie-hérisson, eng Little common skate, eng Little skate, eng Little summer skate, por Raia-de-verão

Western Atlantic: southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and Nova Scotia in Canada to North Carolina, USA. Source: www.gbif.org

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Distinct pairing with embrace. Young may tend to follow large objects, such as their mother [17086]. Prefers water with lower temperature, with a move inshore in winter and offshore into deeper water in summer. Decapod crustaceans and amphipods serve as important foods; also feeds on polychaetes, isopods, molluscs, fishes. Parasites of the species include: 3 protozoans, 2 myxosporidians, nematode and 2 copepods (Ref. 5951).

Size / Weight / Age
54.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [20055])

demersal; oceanodromous [17660]; marine; depth range 0 - 329 m (Ref. 5951)

shark-references Species-ID=3489;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Caliperia brevipes Laird, 1959 [15956]

  • Lafystius morhuanus Bousfield, 1987 [16606]

  • Metanisakis tricupola (Gibson, 1973) [17029]
  • Pseudanisakis rotundata (Rudolphi, 1819) [16324]
  • Pseudanisakis sp. [17504]