Caliraja rhina

(Jordan & Gilbert, 1880)

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
Beringraja rhina, Dipturus rhina, Raia rhina, Raja rhina, Raja (Dipturus) rhina

Caliraja rhina

Description :

Citation: Caliraja rhina (Jordan & Gilbert, 1880): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 05/2023

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Caliraja 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=16367;

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]
  • Pinguicollum pinguicollum (Sleggs, 1927) [16383]
  • Rockacestus radioductus (Kay, 1942) [16383]

  • Piscicapillaria (Piscicapillaria) freemani (Moravec, Margolis & Mcdonald, 1981) [31368]

  • Eudactylina similis Scott, 1902 [16606]
  • Lepeophtheirus parviventris Wilson, 1905 [16606]
  • Lernaeopodina pacifica Kabata & Gusev, 1966 [16606]
  • Pseudocharopinus dentatus (Wilson, 1912) [16606]
  • Schistobrachia tertia Kabata, 1970 [16606]