starry skate

Scientific name Raja asterias
Descriptor Delaroche
Year of description 1809
IUCN category (World) NT
Family Rajidae
Genus Raja
Raja asterias Raja asterias


Raja asterias, commonly known as starry skate, is a salt water fish from the Mediterranean Sea.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    60 cm
  • Maximum size
    70 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    60 cm
  • Maximum size
    70 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern

How to recognize the starry skate ?

The starry skate measures between 60 and 70 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly beige body. The also has blanc ponctuations.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The starry skate is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. However, the starry skate has little concern for non-territorial animals.


  • Reproduction

The starry skate is a fish ovovivipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

Where to see this species?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    16 - 25 °C
  • Depth
    10 - 350 m

Biotope presentation

The starry skate is most often found at a depth between 10m and 350m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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Bibliographic references

RAJIDAE - J.D. McEachran - M.R. de Carvalho - FAO Fisheries Synopsis - 0.

Commercial catches, reproduction and feeding habits of Raja asterias (Chondrichthyes: Rajidae) in a coastal area of the Tyrrhenian Sea (Italy, northern Mediterranean) - Michele ROMANELLI - Alessandro COLASANTE - Umberto SCACCO - Ivan CONSALVO - Maria Grazia FINOIA - Marino VACCHI - ICRAM - 2007.

Gametogenesis and maturity stages scale of Raja asterias Delaroche, 1809 (Chondrichthyes, Raijdae) from the South Ligurian Sea - M. Barone - S. De Ranieri - O. Fabiani - A. Pirone - F. Sere - Hydrobiologia - 2007. 580:245–254 DOI 10.1007/s10750-006-0448-x

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