Caliraja inornata

(Jordan & Gilbert, 1881)

California ray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
Jordan, D.S. & Gilbert, C.H. (1881)
Note on Raia inornata. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 4(194), 73–74

Image of the original description
No image in first description.

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Beringraja inornata, Dipturus inornatus, Raia inornata, Raia inornata inermis , Raja binoculata inermis, Raja inornata, Raja jordani, Raja (Raja) inornata

Caliraja inornata

Raja binoculata inermis
Syntype: NMW: 78119; USNM: 26926
Raja inornata
Syntype: MNHN: A-3218 (old: USNM) USNM: 26974 ZMB: 11699 (old: USNM 26974)

Description :

Citation: Caliraja inornata (Jordan & Gilbert, 1881): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2024

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Common names
spa Raya de California, fra \(T\) Raie de Californie, eng California ray, eng California skate

Eastern Pacific: Strait of Juan de Fuca in Canada and USA to central 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].

Size / Weight / Age
76.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [17050])

demersal; marine; depth range 18 - 671 m [17050]

shark-references Species-ID=16366; Links: species description at CICIMAR (Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas)

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Echeneibothrium fallax (Van Beneden, 1871) [16383]
  • Eutetrarhynchus pacificus Beveridge, Koehler & Appy, 2021 [29720]
  • Heteronybelinia estigmena (Dollfus, 1960) [16112]
  • Heteronybelinia robusta (Linton, 1890) [16112]
  • Heteronybelinia sp. [16112]
  • Nybelinia lingualis (Cuvier, 1817) [16112]
  • Pinguicollum pinguicollum (Sleggs, 1927) [16383] [21248]

  • Dendrapta longiclavata Kabata & Gusev, 1966 [16606]
  • Trebius latifurcatus Wilson, 1921 [14624]