Leucoraja erinacea

(MITCHILL, 1825)

Little skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
MITCHILL, S.L. (1825)
The hedgehog-ray - a species of Fish taken occasionally near New-York, in the Atlantic Ocean, and now, as is believed, for the first time described American Journal of Science and Arts, 9: 290–293, 1 pl.

Image of the original description

Leucoraja erinacea (MITCHILL, 1825)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Leucoraja (Raja) erinacea, Raia erinacea, Raia erinaceus, Raja erinacea, Raja erinaceus, Raja (Leucoraja) erinacea

Leucoraja erinacea

Description :

Citation: Leucoraja erinacea (MITCHILL, 1825): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 09/2019

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Leucoraja erinacea (MITCHILL, 1825), male, adult, coll. no. 3690/79, "Anton Dohrn", stat. 6432/79, 40°04.8'B, 72°07.5'W, 12.11.1979, New York, 78 m depth, leg. by Dr. M. Stehmann © Dr. Simon Weigmann, Elasmobranch Research Laboratory, Lüneburg

Common names
fra \(T\) Raie hérisson, fra \(T\) Raie-hérisson, eng Little common skate, eng Little skate, eng Little summer skate, por Raia-de-verão

Western Atlantic: southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and Nova Scotia in Canada to North Carolina, USA. Source: www.gbif.org

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]. Prefers water with lower temperature, with a move inshore in winter and offshore into deeper water in summer. Decapod crustaceans and amphipods serve as important foods; also feeds on polychaetes, isopods, molluscs, fishes. Parasites of the species include: 3 protozoans, 2 myxosporidians, nematode and 2 copepods (Ref. 5951).

Size / Weight / Age
54.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [20055])

demersal; oceanodromous [17660]; marine; depth range 0 - 329 m (Ref. 5951)

shark-references Species-ID=3489;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Caliperia brevipes LAIRD, 1959 [15956]

  • Metanisakis tricupola (GIBSON, 1973) [17029]
  • Pseudanisakis rotundata (RUDOLPHI, 1819) [16324]
  • Pseudanisakis sp. [17504]

  • Eudactylina corrugata BERE, 1930 [17867]