Neoraja iberica


Iberian pygmy skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
STEHMANN, M. & SÉRET, B. & COSTA, M.E. & BARO, J. (2008)
Neoraja iberica n. sp., a new species of pygmy skate (Elasmobranchii, Rajidae) from the southern upper slope of the Iberian Peninsula (Eastern North Atlantic). Cybium, 32 (1): 51–71

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Citation: Neoraja iberica STEHMANN, SÉRET, COSTA & BARO, 2008: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2019

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Common names
deu \(T\) Iberischer zwergrochen, spa Raya pigmea ibérica, fra \(T\) Raie pygmée ibérique, eng Iberian pygmy skate, por Raia pigméia ibérica

Short Description
This species is distinguished by the following characteristics: ochre to greyish brown or dark greyish disc and posterior pelvic lobes distinctly ornamented dorsally by many dark brown spots and dots and usually a few paired whitish spots in small and half-grown specimens, all often reduced in larger specimens to few pairs if larger symmetrically placed brown, pale edged spots, plus 1-2 pairs of pale spots or dots; disc inverse heart-shaped with snout tip with short, triangular projections; length of tail about 62% (mean) of TL; lateral folds only along the posterior half or 1/3 of tail length; hypocordal lobe on caudal fin; anterior pelvic lobes about 3/4 of posterior lobe length; no nasobasal fenestrae on cranium, with narrow anterior fontanelle and delicate, thin rostral shaft almost reaching rostral node (Ref. 75590).

Northeastern Atlantic: Iberian Peninsula, Spain and Portugal. Source:

Size / Weight / Age
32.7 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 75590)); 31.6 cm TL (female)

demersal; marine; depth range 270 - 670 m (Ref. 75590)

shark-references Species-ID=4107;