The first confirmed cases of full albinism in rajid speciesPublished on 04. April 2013
The first confirmed cases of full albinism in rajid species
Ball, R. E., Jones, C. S., Lynghammar, A., Noble, L. R. and Griffiths, A. M.
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.
Journal of Fish Biology, 82: 1433–1440. doi: 10.1111/jfb.12072