The Monterey Skate (Raja montereyensis) was first described from an immature female specimen taken near Santa Cruz, California. According to Ebert (2003), Raja montereyensisis now considered a junior synonym of Raja stellulata (the Starry Skate). According to Walford (1935), between and in front of the eyes the Monterey Skate has a groove with bony sides, whereas the Starry Skate lacks such a groove, the top of the snout being entirely soft and fleshy. The back is various shades of brown, mottled and spotted with dark brown, and with a dark spot surrounded with a ring of small dark irregular spots at the base of each pectoral fin; this spot is followed by a smaller pale or white spot. These skates, which live in moderately deep water from Santa Cruz to La Jolla (California, U.S.A.), reach a length of between 1½ and 2 feet.. They reproduce by depositing eggs.