Beringraja rhina

Alternate names: longnose skate, Raja rhina

Author: (Jordan and Gilbert, 1880)


Reproduction: Oviparous.

Size: to 189 cm TL.

General: Light to dark brown or gray with dark mottling around the disc perimeter and tail. Dark dorsal ocelli (eyespots) are prominent. Also white-spotted in some animals, while others may only have two white spots behind the ocelli. Long snout extends beyond indented pectoral fins; wide disc. Short tail often looks striped from a distance. Mature males have relatively long, wide, white-tipped claspers.

Geographic Information

Published depth range: Nearshore to 1294 m.

Habitat description: Benthic.

Ocean range (global): Bering Sea to southern Baja and Gulf of California.

Additional Information

Verified MBARI depth distribution: 89 - 929 m (March 2016).


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National Center for Biotechnology Information

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Citation: Beringraja rhina ((Jordan and Gilbert, 1880)) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2023-09-24.
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