Beringraja binoculata

Alternate names: big skate, Raja binoculata

Author: Girard, 1855


Reproduction: Oviparous.

Size: to 244 cm TL.

General: Very large brown to brownish-red skate, with darker mottling and white spots. Two large ocelli (eyespots) surrounded by rosettes of white spots. Snout extends far beyond indented pectoral fins. Dorsal fins separated by an interdorsal thorn.

Geographic Information

Published depth range: to 800 m

Habitat description: Benthic.

Ocean range (global): Eastern Bering Sea to central Baja California and the Gulf of California.

Additional Information

Verified MBARI depth distribution: 27 - 498 m (March 2016).


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Citation: Beringraja binoculata (Girard, 1855) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2022-11-30.
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