Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes
(Skates and rays) > Arhynchobatidae
Etymology: Bathyraja: Greek, bathys = deep + Latin, raja, -ae = a ray (Raja sp) (Ref. 45335); pacifica: Named for the distribution of this species near the western rim of the Pacific Ocean.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 1760 - 1789 m (Ref. 110384). Deep-water
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Southwest Pacific: New Zealand.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 122 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 110384)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This large species (to 122 cm TL) is distinguished by the following set of characters (based on the unique holotype specimen): strongly depressed and quadrangular disc with narrowly rounded apices, width 64% TL, 1.1 times its length; rather short tail, its length 0.8 in distance from snout tip to rear of cloaca, and width 1.8 times height at its midlength, 1.5 times at first dorsal-fin origin; pre-upper jaw length 18% TL, which is 2.3 times internasal width; ventral head length 32% TL; long and broad snout, length 4.0 times interorbital width, supported by slender flexible median cartilage; angle of snout 83°; narrow mouth 7% TL; orbit diameter 57% interorbital width; first dorsal-fin height is 1.7 in its base length; procaudal length 2.3 times first dorsal-fin base length, 4.8 times caudal-fin length; dorsal disc and almost entirely devoid of fine denticles; disc thornless, other than narrow alar thorn patches; tail with 16 (one lost) thorns in single median row; total pectoral radials 84-85; trunk centra 34; predorsal centra 105; total centra ca. 136; tooth rows in upper jaw 29; the skin is thin and almost entirely translucent white, no dark areas on body, sensory pores indistinct (not dark edged) (Ref. 110384).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Last, P.R., A.L. Stewart and B. Séret, 2016. A new temperate deepwater skate of the genus Bathyraja (Rajoidei: Arhynchobatidae) from the South-West Pacific. Zootaxa 4132(1):107-117. (Ref. 110384)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.1 ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (74 of 100) .