Journal of Ichthyology

, 51:426 | Cite as

Occurrence of skate Raja pulchra (Rajidae, Rajiformes) in Russian waters of the Sea of Japan

  • D. V. AntonenkoEmail author
  • S. F. Solomatov
  • A. A. Balanov
  • Kim Sen Tok
  • P. V. Kalchugin


According to data of long-term observations in Russian waters of the Sea of Japan, it was shown that skate Raja pulchra occurs only off the coasts of western Sakhalin. In all probability, it is a constant inhabitant of these waters during the course of the year; like the overwhelming majority of bottom and near-bottom fish, it performs seasonal bathymetric migrations in autumn, for wintering to the insular slope to a depth of 695 m, and in spring to shallow waters. Maximum length of R. pulchra recorded in catches is 106 cm. The main food items of R. pulchra are decapods and fish. The stock of R. pulchra off the coasts of western Sakhalin is assessed as 520 t.


Raja pulchra northern part of the Sea of Japan occurrence migrations feeding 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. V. Antonenko
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. F. Solomatov
    • 1
  • A. A. Balanov
    • 2
  • Kim Sen Tok
    • 3
  • P. V. Kalchugin
    • 1
  1. 1.Pacific Research Institute of Fisheries and OceanographyTINRO-CenterVladivostokRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Marine Biology, Far Eastern BranchRussian Academy of Sciences (IBM)VladivostokRussia
  3. 3.Sakhalin Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (SakhNIRO)Yuzhno-SakhalinskRussia

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