Beringraja stellulata

Alternate names: Raja stellulata, starry skate

Author: (Jordan and Gilbert, 1880)


Size: to 76 cm

Reproduction: Oviparous.

General: Brown to gray-brown with darker spots overall. Dorsal ocelli (eyespots) are common, with two white spots visible behind them. Pelvic fins deeply notched. Short tail often looks striped from a distance. May have an interdorsal thorn.

Geographic Information

Published depth range: 2 - 982 m

Habitat description: Benthic.

Ocean range (global): Northern California to northern Baja California.

Additional Information


Encyclopedia of Life

Tree of Life

World Register of Marine Species

National Center for Biotechnology Information

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Citation: Beringraja stellulata ((Jordan and Gilbert, 1880)) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2022-09-28.
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