Rostroraja texana

(Chandler, 1921)

Roundel skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
Chandler, A.C. (1921)
A new species of ray from the Texas coast, and report of the occurrence of a top minnow new to the fauna of eastern Texas. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 59(2393), 657–658

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Raia texana, Raja texana, Raja (Raja) texana

Rostroraja texana

Raja texana
Holotype: USNM: 84162

Description :

Citation: Rostroraja texana (Chandler, 1921): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Rostroraja texana (Chandler, 1921), Costa Central de Veracruz, México. © Andi Alexander Lara Alcantara
Common names
spa Raya, spa Raya tejana, spa Raya tigre, fra \(T\) Raie tourteau, eng Roundel skate

Short Description
Disk diamond-shaped; round dark spot surrounded by pale ring on base of each pectoral fin. [17659]. No small pale or dark spots on upper surface of disk, but sometimes dark blotches. No scapular spines, 1 middorsal row of spines. Distance from ocellus to eye usually less than or about equal to distance between ocelli. Snout with a clear area on each side [17658]. Upper surface rich chocolate or coffee brown, translucent on either side fo rostral cartilage. Lower surface plain white [199].

Western Central Atlantic: Florida, USA and the Gulf of Mexico. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; bait: occasionally; 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]. Distinct pairing with embrace. oung may tend to follow large objects, such as their mother [17086]. Occurs from near shore to 183 m depth at temperatures ranging from 14 to 28° C but it is most common inshore of 91 m at 16 to 25° C. Young occur in shallow bays. Feeds mainly on decapod crustaceans and to a lesser extent on other benthic invertebrates and fishes.

Size / Weight / Age
53.0 cm WD (male/unsexed; [17658])

demersal; marine; depth range ? - 183 m

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Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)