Raja brachyura

Lafont, 1873

Blonde ray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
LaFont, A. (1871)
Description d'une nouvelle espèce de raie. Actes de la Société linnéenne de Bordeaux, 28, 503–504

Image of the original description

Raja brachyura Lafont, 1873

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Raia blanda, Raia brachyura, Raja blanda, Raja (Raja) brachyura

Raja brachyura
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Raia blanda
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Description :

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Common names
deu \(T\) Blonde, deu \(T\) Blondrochen, spa Boca de rosa, spa Raia braquiura, spa Raya, spa Raya boca de rosa, spa Raya braquiura, fra \(T\) Raie blanche, fra \(T\) Raie blanche douce, fra \(T\) Raie blanche lissée, fra \(T\) Raie lisse, eng Blonde, eng Blonde ray, eng Blonde skate, ita Pichira schizzata, ita Razza a coda corta, por Arraia, por Raia, por Raia pontuada, por Raia-pontuada

Short Description
Upper surface wholly prickly, except in juveniles; underside only prickly along front margins of disc; orbital thorns separate; a regular median row of 40-45 thorns in juveniles and adult females, interrupted on back in males; 60-90 tooth rows; upper surface ochre, with numerous small dark spots to margins of disc, underside white [7182].

Eastern Atlantic: Shetland Islands to Morocco, Rio de Oro (Western Sahara), and Madeira. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; gamefish: yes; 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 mainly from February to August with at least 30 egg-cases laid [7182]. Distinct pairing with embrace. Young may tend to follow large objects, such as their mother [17086].

Size / Weight / Age
120 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 41333)); 125 cm TL (female); max. published weight: 14.3 kg (Ref. 40637); Sardinian Sea (data base: 839 specimens collected between 2005-2009): females (N=408) ranged between 131 and 1055 mm, while the males (N=431) between 156 and 965 mm TL [17741]

demersal; marine; depth range 10 - 380 m [17687]

shark-references Species-ID=5548;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Trypanosoma giganteum Neumann, 1909 [21437]

  • Anisakis simplex (Rudolphi, 1809) [9086] [33185]
  • Hysterothylacium sp. [9086]
  • Metanisakis baylisi (Gibson, 1973) [9086]
  • Piscicapillaria (Piscicapillaria) freemani (Moravec, Margolis & Mcdonald, 1981) [9086]
  • Proleptus sp. [9086] [33185]

  • Holobomolochus sp. [9086]
  • Trebius caudatus Krøyer, 1838 [23942]