Leucoraja melitensis

(Clark, 1926)

Maltese ray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
Clark, R.S. (1926)
Rays and skates. A revision of the European species. Fisheries, Scotland, Scientific Investigations 1926, 1, 1–66

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

Leucoraja melitensis
Syntype: BMNH: 1926.12.20.2;

Description :

Citation: Leucoraja melitensis (Clark, 1926): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 12/2021

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Common names
spa Raya de Malta, fra \(T\) Raie de Malte, eng Maltese brown ray, eng Maltese ray, eng Maltese skate, ita Pichira janca, ita Razza maltese

Mediterranean Sea: endemic to the coasts of Tunisia, Malta and a single record from Italy; rare off Algeria.

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Breeds throughout the year, but ripe females observed mainly in spring and autumn [7182]. Distinct pairing with embrace. Young may tend to follow large objects, such as their mother [17086]. Feeds on crustaceans mainly amphipods.

Size / Weight / Age
50.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [7182])

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 60 - 600 m [7182]

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