Raja maderensis

Lowe, 1838

Madeiran ray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
Lowe, R.T. (1838)
A synopsis of the fishes of Madeira, with the principal Synonyms, Portuguese Names, and Characters of the new Genera and Species. Transactions of the Zoological Society of London, 2, 173–200

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Raia maderensis, Raja (Raja) maderensis

Raja maderensis

Description :

Citation: Raja maderensis Lowe, 1838: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Common names
spa Raya de Madeira, fra \(T\) Raie de Madère, eng Madeira ray, eng Madeira skate, eng Madeiran ray, por Arraia, por Raia, por Raia-da-Madeira

Short Description
Upper surface wholly prickly, underside almost entirely prickly; orbital thorns separate, a regular row of 21-25 large thorns from nape to first dorsal fin; upper surface dark brown with a constant pattern of irregular light spots forming broad undulating transverse bands with narrower unspotted bands between, underside white, but grey on snout and broad dark margin to disc from behind midpoint of anterior margin, also blackish at tip of tail [7182].

Eastern Atlantic: endemic to Madeira; possibly Azores. Nominal records from western Africa and the Canary Islands could not be verified and are probably misidentifications. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: commercial

Oviparous [7182]. Paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Feeds on all kinds of benthic animals.

Size / Weight / Age
85.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [20082])

bathydemersal; marine; depth range ? - 500 m

shark-references Species-ID=5688;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Metanisakis tricupola (Gibson, 1973) [17029]