Beringraja rhina


Longnose skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
JORDAN, D.S. & GILBERT, C.H. (1880)
Description of a new species of ray, Raia rhina, from the coast of California. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 3 (141): 251–253.

Image of the original description
No image in first description.

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Dipturus rhina, Raia rhina, Raja rhina, Raja (Dipturus) rhina

Beringraja rhina

Description :

Citation: Beringraja rhina (JORDAN & GILBERT, 1880): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 02/2021

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Beringraja rhina (JORDAN & GILBERT, 1880), off Coos Bay, Oregon, 785 mm TL, female, trawled in 96,6 m of water on 7 Oct 2017, released alive © Jason C. Seitz, ANAMAR Environmental Consulting, Inc.
Common names
spa Raya narigona, eng Longnose skate

Short Description
A row of about 20 sharp mid-dorsal spines from base of tail to space between dorsal spines where there may be an additional spine; 1 or 2 mid-dorsal spines immediately behind eyes; a sparse discontinuous row of spines around inner edge of orbit (Ref. 6885). Dorsal fins small and well back on tail; caudal reduced to a low ridge; anal fin absent; pectorals broad, attached to snout and incorporated with body; pelvic fins acutely and very deeply incised (Ref. 6885). A fleshy lateral ridge on each side of tail (Ref. 6885). Dorsal surface uniform brown with a simple dark ring at the base of each pectoral fin, and there may be a light spot posterior to the ring; the ventral surface is a muddy blue with small brown flecks on the anterior part (Ref. 6885).

Eastern Pacific: Navarin Canyon in the Bering Sea and Unalaska Island, Alaska to Cedros Island, Baja California, Mexico. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; 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]. Egg cases usually with only one egg (Ref. 6885).

Size / Weight / Age
140 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 4925)); max. reported age: 13 years (Ref. 27350)

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 25 - 675 m (Ref. 6793)

shark-references Species-ID=14779;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Sphaerospora araii ARTHUR & LOM, 1985 [12580]

  • Acanthocotyle oligoterus (MONTICELLI, 1899) [17150]
  • Pseudacanthocotyla pacifica (BONHAM & GUBERLET, 1938) [17150] [17847]

  • Echeneibothrium dolichoophorum RISER, 1955 [16383]
  • Echeneibothrium fallax (VAN BENEDEN, 1871) [16383]
  • Grillotia musculara (HART, 1936) DOLLFUS, 1942 [16112] [7411]
  • Heteronybelinia estigmena (DOLLFUS, 1960) [16112]
  • Phyllobothrium radioductum KAY, 1942 [16383]
  • Pinguicollum pinguicollum (SLEGGS, 1927) [16383]