Rajella lintea

(Fries, 1838)

Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
Fries, B.F. (1838)
Granskning af de vid Svenska kusterna förekommande arter af Fisk-slägtet Raja. Kongliga Vetenskaps Akademiens nya Handlingar, Stockholm 1838: 126–164, Pls. 2–3.

Image of the original description

Raja lintea Fries, 1838, Pl. III, fig. 10

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Dasybatis lintea, Dipturus lintea, Dipturus linteus, Leucoraja lintea, Raia ingolfiana, Raia lintea, Raja ingolfiana, Raja lintea, Raja (Dipturus) lintea

Rajella lintea
Holotype: NRM: 206a (probably lost)
Raja ingolfiana
Syntype: ZMUC: P08499;

Description :

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Rajella lintea (Fries, 1838), female, TL 94 cm, TW 4855 g, 5.12.1998, Barents Sea, Nordkyn bank, 71° 48' N, 23° 26' E © Andrey Dolgov
Common names
deu \(T\) Weißroche, deu \(T\) Weißrochen, spa Raya vela, fra \(T\) Raie blanche, fra \(T\) Raie linon, fra \(T\) Raie voile, eng Linen skate, eng Pale ray, eng Sailray, eng Sailskate, eng Sharp-nosed skate, eng Sharpnose skate, ita Razza blanca atlantica, por Raia-nevoeira

Short Description
Snout moderately long, its tip pointed and somewhat protruding; upper surface predominantly smooth, only on head and front margins more or less prickly, tail entirely spinulose, underside smooth; up to 4 thorns in front of as well as behind eye, a continuous median row of 42-51 thorns from nape to first dorsal fin [7182]. Upper surface plain fawn color, slate grey or clay grey, lower surface white, with a grey longitudinal band along tail and grey blotch on either side of cloaca [199]. Diet: Barents Sea (data base: of 5 stomachs examined): In the stomachs of two young individuals of 22–28 cm TL caught on the Fugløy Bank (mean fullness indices of 28.1–62.2°/°°°) only Gammaridea were found. Food composition of larger individuals was more varied. The stomach of a 72 cm TL male (mean fullness index of 140.0°/°°°) caught at the Nordkyn Bank contained 9 northern shrimp of 2.5–11 cm TL, 4 Sabinea septemcarinata of 4–6 cm TL, 1 Munida sp. of 2.5 cm carapace length, and the remnants of Ophiura spp. The stomach of a 94 cm female (fullness index of 661.6 °/°°°) caught in the same area contained mainly fisheries waste. Additionally, it contained one northern shrimp of 10 cm TL, and one Norway pout (Trisopterus esmarkii) of 18 cm TL. [5910];

Northeast Atlantic: Iceland and along rise to Faroes, also Norwegian coasts and Skagerrak. Northwest Atlantic: western Greenland.

Human uses
gamefish: yes

Oviparous [7182]. 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]. Occurs in moderately deep water but mainly around 250 m in boreal and partly arctic latitudes. Feeds on all kinds of bottom animals.

Size / Weight / Age
123 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637)); max. published weight: 11.2 kg (Ref. 40637)

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 150 - 1170 m (Ref. 5951)

shark-references Species-ID=12317;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Dictyocotyle coeliaca Nybelin, 1941 [17150]

  • Grillotia erinaceus (Van Beneden, 1858) [7411]

  • Otodistomum veliporum (Creplin, 1837) Stafford, 1904 [22616]