Raja asterias

Delaroche, 1809

Starry ray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
Delaroche, F. (1809)
Suite du mémoire sur les espèces de poissons observées à Iviça. Observations sur quelques-uns des poissons indiqués dans le précédent tableau et descriptions des espèces nouvelles ou peu connues. Annales du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, 13, 313–361

Images of the original description (synonym)
Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Dasybatis asterias, Raia asterias, Raia punctata, Raia stellata, Raja jojenia, Raja punctata, Raja punctatus, Raja schultzii, Raja stellata, Raja (Raja) asterias

Raja asterias
Holotype: MNHN: 1610;
Raia stellata
Holotype: MCZ: ?
Raja schultzii
Paratype: MNHN: 1801; MNHN: 1986-0522; MNHN: 1608; MNHN: 1606; MNHN: 1604; MNHN: 1605; MNHN: 1612; Lectotype: ZMB: 4596 Paralectotype: ZMB: 4595 ZMB: 4635; ZMB: 4593 ZMB: 4594

Description :

Citation: Raja asterias Delaroche, 1809: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2022

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Raja asterias DELAROCHE, 1809, female © Joan Navarro, Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-SCIC), Barcelona, Spain
Common names
deu \(T\) Mittelmeer-Sternrochen, deu \(T\) Rochen, deu \(T\) Sternrochen, spa Raia estrellada, spa Raya estrellada, fra \(T\) Raie étoilée, eng Atlantic starry skate, eng Mediterranean starry ray, eng Starry ray, eng Starry skate, ita Arzilla, ita Arzilla di rena, ita Baracola bianca, ita Picara stizziata, ita Picara tunna, ita Pichira fimminedda, ita Pichira schizzata, ita Raggia, ita Ragia stiddata, ita Raja d"arena, ita Rascia, ita Raseta, ita Rassa, ita Razza armata, ita Razza stellata, ita Scritta, por Raia-pintada

Eastern Atlantic: endemic to the Mediterranean but may spread to the Strait of Gibraltar, northern Morocco and possibly south to Mauritania.
First record: 2017 [25180]: in southern Portugal and northern Morocco Source: www.gbif.org

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

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Spawning peak in summer to early autumn with 30 to more than 100 egg-cases per year depending on the size of the female [7182]. Distinct pairing with embrace. Young may tend to follow large objects, such as their mother [17086]. Inhabits inshore waters. Feeds on all kinds of benthic animals.

Size / Weight / Age
70.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [7180])

demersal; marine; depth range ? - 343 m [17735]

shark-references Species-ID=5522;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Acanthocotyle oligoterus (Monticelli, 1899) [17150]
  • Pseudacanthocotyla pacifica (Bonham & Guberlet, 1938) [17150]
  • Rajonchocotyle wehri Price, 1942 [17150]

  • Acanthobothrium benedeni (Lönnberg, 1889) [16175] [16448]
  • Acanthobothrium coronatum (Rudolphi, 1819) Van Beneden, 1850 [16448]
  • Acanthobothrium dujardinii Van Beneden, 1849 [16448]
  • Acanthobothrium filicolle (Zschokke, 1887) [16448]
  • Acanthobothrium minus Tazerouti, Kechemir-Issad & Euzet, 2009 [10845] [28741]
  • Echinobothrium benedeni Ruszkowski, 1927 [16430] [19536] [19536]
  • Echinobothrium typus Van Beneden, 1849 [16430]
  • Grillotia erinaceus (Van Beneden, 1858) [16112]
  • Nybelinia sp. [16112]

  • Charopinus dubius Scott, 1900 [16609]
  • Eudactylina acuta Van Beneden, 1853 [16609]
  • Eudactylina similis Scott, 1902 [16609]

  • Aega rosacea (Risso, 1816) (nomen nudum) [23898]
  • Ceratothoa oxyrrynchaena (Koelbel, 1878) [23898]
  • Conilera sp. [23898]