Caliraja stellulata

(Jordan & Gilbert, 1880)

Starry 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 stellulata) from Monterey, California. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 3(129), 133–135

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Bathyraja stellulata, Beringraja stellulata, Raia stellulata, Raja montereyensis, Raja stellulata, Raja (Raja) stellulata

Caliraja stellulata

Raja montereyensis
Holotype: USNM: 75806
Raja stellulata
Syntype: ANSP: 414 (old: USFC 26975); MNHN: A-3295; NMW: 63046; USNM: 26975 (orig. 8, now 2) ZMB: 11687 (old: USNM 26975) ZMUB: 877 (old: USNM 26975) ZMUC: (old: USNM) (?)

Description :

Citation: Caliraja stellulata (Jordan & Gilbert, 1880): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 06/2024

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Common names
spa Raya estrellada, fra \(T\) Raie du Pacifique, eng Pacific starry skate, eng Prickly skate, eng Prickly starry skate, eng Starry skate, por Raia-do-Pacífico

Short Description
A row of strong, sharp spines along the mid-dorsal line from a point behind the eyes by less than the interorbital width to the first dorsal fin and continued beyond it with a single spine between the two dorsal fins; large spines on the shoulder girdle; a row of small spines on the inner edge of the orbit; a cluster of moderate spines along the edge of the pectoral fin from its tip to the snout, large spines in males (Ref. 6885). Dorsal fins small and well back on tail; caudal fin very small; anal fin absent; pectorals broad, attached to snout and incorporated with body; pelvic fins large and deeply notched (Ref. 6885). A horizontal fleshy ridge from either side of ventral surface of tail, more prominent posteriorly (Ref. 6885). Grayish brown, numerous dark spots of various sizes scattered on body, a weakly marked eye spot frequently present at base of pectoral fins (Ref. 6885).

North Pacific: Bering Sea to northern Baja California, Mexico. Source:

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 - 732 m [17050]

shark-references Species-ID=16368;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Eudactylina similis Scott, 1902 [16606]