Spiniraja whitleyi

(Iredale, 1938)

Wedgenose skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
Iredale, T. (1938)
Raja whitleyi, the great skate. Australian Zoologist, 9(2), 169

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Dipturus whitleyi, Raia scabra, Raja scabra, Raja whitleyi, Raja (Spiniraja) ogilbyi, Spiniraja ogilbyi

Spiniraja whitleyi

Dipturus whitleyi
Holotype: AMS: I.1346; AMS: I.1346.001;
Raia scabra
Holotype: AMS: I.1346;
Raja (Spiniraja) ogilbyi
Holotype: AMS: I.1346;

Description :

Citation: Spiniraja whitleyi (Iredale, 1938): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 12/2023

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Common names
eng Great skate, eng Melbourne skate, eng Rough skate, eng Skate, eng Wedgenose skate, eng Whitleys skate

Short Description
Dorsal surface greyish or greyish brown with irregularly spaced white flecks, ventral surface cream or white, occasionally with greyish areas. Disc quadrangular, broader than long. Snout of moderate length, broadly rounded and knob-like at snout tip. Tail short, very depressed, broad; lateral skin folds prominent. A row of 1-5 thorns on nuchal and shoulder region, orbital and malar thorns absent. Alar thorns retractable. Tail with 1-3 rows of thorns, outer rows located near lateral margin.

Eastern Indian Ocean: endemic to Australia. Source: www.gbif.org

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733].

Size / Weight / Age
170 cm TL (male/unsexed; [1388])

demersal; marine; depth range ? - 170 m [1388]

shark-references Species-ID=11865;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Branchellion australis Leigh-Sharpe, 1916 [28595]
  • Pontobdella leucothela Schimarda, 1861 [28595]