The first confirmed cases of full albinism in rajid species

R. E. Ball*, C. S. Jones, A. Lynghammar, L. R. Noble, A. M. Griffiths

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Three albino skate specimens (Rajidae) were captured from the North Sea and English Channel between 2008 and 2011. Using DNA barcoding (COI gene) and morphometric analyses, species were identified as a spotted ray Raja montagui, a blonde ray Raja brachyura and a thornback ray Raja clavata. This finding represents the first record of full albinism (a lack of skin and retinal pigmentation) in rajid species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1433-1440
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


  • albino
  • DNA barcode
  • elasmobranch
  • Rajiformes
  • ray
  • skate


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