Morphology Data of Bathyraja pacifica
Identification keys
Main Ref. Last, P.R., A.L. Stewart and B. Séret, 2016
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral other (see remarks)
Cross section flattened
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This large species (to 122 cm TL) is distinguished by the following set of characters (based on the unique holotype specimen): strongly depressed and quadrangular disc with narrowly rounded apices, width 64% TL, 1.1 times its length; rather short tail, its length 0.8 in distance from snout tip to rear of cloaca, and width 1.8 times height at its midlength, 1.5 times at first dorsal-fin origin; pre-upper jaw length 18% TL, which is 2.3 times internasal width; ventral head length 32% TL; long and broad snout, length 4.0 times interorbital width, supported by slender flexible median cartilage; angle of snout 83°; narrow mouth 7% TL; orbit diameter 57% interorbital width; first dorsal-fin height is 1.7 in its base length; procaudal length 2.3 times first dorsal-fin base length, 4.8 times caudal-fin length; dorsal disc and almost entirely devoid of fine denticles; disc thornless, other than narrow alar thorn patches; tail with 16 (one lost) thorns in single median row; total pectoral radials 84-85; trunk centra 34; predorsal centra 105; total centra ca. 136; tooth rows in upper jaw 29; the skin is thin and almost entirely translucent white, no dark areas on body, sensory pores indistinct (not dark edged) (Ref. 110384).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Bathyraja pacifica

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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