Rostroraja eglanteria

(Lacepède (Ex Bosc), 1800)

Clearnose skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
Lacepède, B.G.E. (1800)
Histoire Naturelle des Poissons. Plassan, Paris, 2: i–lxiv, 1–632, pls 1–20

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Rostroraja eglanteria Lacepéde (ex Bosc), 1800

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Raia chantenay, Raia desmarestia, Raia diaphanes, Raia eglanteria, Raia eglantiera, Raja desmarestia, Raja diaphanes, Raja eglanteria, Raja equitorialis, Raja (Raja) eglanteria

Rostroraja eglanteria

Raia chantenay
XXXX: No types known;
Raia desmarestia
Syntype: MNHN: A-8697;
Raja diaphanes
XXXX: No types known;
Raja eglanteria
XXXX: No types known;

Description :

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Rostroraja eglanteria Lacepède (ex Bosc), 1800, off Jacksonville, Florida, © Jason C. Seitz, ANAMAR Environmental Consulting, Inc.
Common names
spa Raya hialina, spa Raya naricita, fra \(T\) Raie blanc nez, eng Clear-nosed brier skate, eng Clear-nosed summer skate, eng Clearnose skate, por Raia-focinho-branco

Short Description
Small skate, with irregular darker spots and bars on dorsal surface. Translucent area on each side of mid-dorsal ridge on snout [17659]. Single row of thorns along the midridge of the back [199]. Disk with dark brown bars and streaks and some spots. Front edges nearly straight or slightly concave [17658].

Western Atlantic: Massachusetts to southern Florida (USA) and eastern Gulf of Mexico. Also northern Gulf of Mexico [17659]. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; bait: occasionally; price category: medium; price reliability: questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this genus

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]. From the work of Libby and Gilbert (1960) (Ref. 51117) and Luer and Gilbert (1985) (Ref. 38742) male and female clearnose skates mate side by side in an upright position (Ref. 49562). Actual copulation occurs when the male bites the caudal margin of the female"quot;s pectoral, bends his tail 75 degrees beneath hers and inserts one clasper, flexed ("quot;splayed"quot;) medially 90 degrees, into her oviduct (Ref. 49562). A female displays "quot;back arching"quot; and "quot;pectoral fin undulations"quot; as precopulatory behavior to attract males (Ref. 49562). Inhabits inshore areas. Prefers waters of 10°-21°C. Feeds mainly on decapod crustaceans, bivalves, polychaetes, squids and fishes.

Size / Weight / Age
65.0 cm NG (male/unsexed; (Ref. 37512))

demersal; oceanodromous [17660]; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - ? m (Ref. 55280), usually 0 - 50 m (Ref. 55280)

shark-references Species-ID=14796;

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