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Thornback ray

Order Rajiformes
Family Rajidae

Medium-sized cartilaginous fish. Short face. A row of large and small stingers from behind the eyes to the first dorsal fin. Tail with a row of large stingers on each side of the central row. Dorsal face completely covered with stings of various sizes. Grayish or brown on the dorsal side, with numerous irregular dark spots. Tail with dark and clear transverse bands. White ventral face. Up to 1 m in length.

FAO code
White fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
  • Area 51: the Western part of the Indian Ocean
Fishing seasons
jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Nagelrochen
France Raie bouclée
Italy Razza chiodata
Portugal Raia pinta
United Kingdom Thornback ray
Japan Gangiei-no-rui
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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