Dentiraja cerva

(WHITLEY, 1939)

White-spotted skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
WHITLEY, G.P. (1939)
Taxonomic notes on sharks and rays. Australian Zoologist, 9 (3): 227–262, fig. 18, pl. 20–22.

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Dipturus cerva, Dipturus cervus, Okamejei cerva, Raja cerva, Raja (Okamejei) cerva

Dentiraja cerva

Dipturus cerva
Holotype: AMS: E.4970; Paratype: AMS: E.4973; AMS: E.4899; AMS: E.4898; AMS: E.5491;

Description :

Citation: Dentiraja cerva (WHITLEY, 1939): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 04/2019

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Dorsal view of Dentiraja cerva (CSIRO H 1264–07, 489 mm TL, adult male, fresh). In: LAST, P.R. 2008 New short-snout members of the skate genus Dipturus (Rajoidei: Rajidae) from Australian seas. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 21: 53-98
Common names
eng Hind skate, eng White-spotted skate, eng Whitespotted skate

Eastern Indian Ocean: endemic to Australia. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: medium; price reliability: very questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this family

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
60.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [1388])

demersal; marine; depth range 20 - 470 m [1388]

shark-references Species-ID=14782;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Acanthobothrium adlardi CAMPBELL & BEVERIDGE, 2002 [16128]
  • Acanthobothrium robertsoni CAMPBELL & BEVERIDGE, 2002 [16128]
  • Prochristianella clarkeae BEVERIDGE, 1990 [16252] [16112] [17404]