Get access

The first confirmed cases of full albinism in rajid species

Authors

  • R. E. Ball,

    Corresponding author
    • College of Life Sciences & Medicine, School of Biological Sciences, Zoology Building, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, U.K.
    Search for more papers by this author
  • C. S. Jones,

    1. College of Life Sciences & Medicine, School of Biological Sciences, Zoology Building, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, U.K.
    Search for more papers by this author
  • A. Lynghammar,

    1. Faculty of Biosciences, Economy and Fisheries, Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway
    Search for more papers by this author
  • L. R. Noble,

    1. College of Life Sciences & Medicine, School of Biological Sciences, Zoology Building, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, U.K.
    Search for more papers by this author
  • A. M. Griffiths

    1. Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, The Laboratory, Plymouth, PL1 2PB, U.K. and School of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Salford, Greater Manchester M5 4WT, U.K.
    Search for more papers by this author

Author to whom correspondence should be addressed. Tel: +44 (0)1224 273 256; email: r.e.ball@abdn.ac.uk

Abstract

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.

Get access to the full text of this article

Ancillary