Amblyraja hyperborea

(COLLETT, 1879)

Arctic skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
COLLETT, R. (1879)
Fiske fra Nordhavs-Expeditionens sidste Togt, Sommeren 1878. Forhandlinger i Videnskabs–selskabet i Christiania (for 1878), 14: 1–106

Image of the original description

Amblyraja badia (GARMAN,1899), valid as Amblyraja hyperborea (COLLETT, 1879)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Amblyraja badia, Amblyraja cf. hyperborea, Amblyraja robertsi, Raia badia, Raia borea, Raia hyperborea, Raja badia, Raja borea, Raja hyperborea, Raja robertsi, Raja (Amblyraja) badia, Raja (Amblyraja) hyperborea, Raja (Amblyraja) robertsi

Amblyraja hyperborea
Holotype: ZMUO: J3134;
Amblyraja badia
Holotype: MCZ: 1008-S
Amblyraja robertsi
Holotype: ZMH: 25250 (old: ISH 54-1967);
Raja borea
Syntype: BMNH: 1887.12.9.4 BMNH: 1887.12.9.1 BMNH: 1887.12.9.2 BMNH: 1887.12.9.3

Description :

Citation: Amblyraja hyperborea (COLLETT, 1879): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 04/2019

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Amblyraja badia (GARMAN, 1899), valid as Amblyraja hyperborea (COLLETT, 1879) © FAO,
Common names
spa Raya ártica, fra \(T\) Raie arctique, fra \(T\) Raie boréale, eng Arctic skate, eng Artic skate, eng Boreal skate, eng Darkbelly skate, eng Northern skate

Short Description
Grey-brown with large dark blotches [578]. Tail very short [578]. Mid-dorsal row of stout thorns which extend from nuchal region to first dorsal fin. Thorns close posterior to the pelvic girdle larger than along the tail [199]. Upper surface dark mouse gray, dark blue gray or dark brown with small rounded spots. Lower surface white and sooty in variable patterns [199]. Diet: Barents Sea (data base: of 48 stomachs examined): Arctic skate stomach contents consisted mainly of fish (~90% by mass), including herring (Clupea harengus), capelin and redfish (Sebastes spp). The portion of northern shrimp was also comparatively high (8.3% by mass), whereas that of fisheries waste did not exceed 2%. [5910];

Northeast Atlantic: Spitsbergen to the Greenland-Iceland-Faroe-Shetland Ridge to northern Norway. Northwest Atlantic: Davis Strait between southwestern Greenland and Canada. Southeast Atlantic: southern tip of South Africa [1388]. Eastern Indian Ocean: off southern Australia [1388]. Southwest Pacific: New Zealand [1388]. Eastern Pacific: Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador [1388]. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

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]. Found on the continental slope (Ref. 75154). Feeds on all kinds of bottom animals.

Size / Weight / Age
106 cm TL (male/unsexed; [1388])

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 140 - 2500 m (Ref. 50610), usually 300 - 1500 m [7182]

shark-references Species-ID=207;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Rajonchocotyle batis CERFONTAINE, 1899 [17258]

  • Anisakis simplex (RUDOLPHI, 1809) [17258]
  • Metanisakis tricupola (GIBSON, 1973) [17258]

  • Schistobrachia ramosa (KRØYER, 1863) [17258]