Brochiraja albilabiata


Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Arhynchobatidae

Reference of the original description
LAST, P.R. & MCEACHRAN, J.D. (2006)
New softnose skate genus Brochiraja from New Zealand (Rajidae: Arhynchobatinae) with description of four new species. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 40 (1): 65–90

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Brochiraja albilabiata
Holotype: NMNZ: P38467; Paratype: CSIRO: H 6113-01; NMNZ: P11346; NMNZ: P10352; NMNZ: P11345;

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Citation: Brochiraja albilabiata LAST & McEACHRAN, 2006: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2021

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Short Description
This species is characterized by the following: very long tail, 1.4-1.5 times disc length, 2.8-3.0 times ventral head length, 6.2-6.6 times snout length; orbit is moderately large, 2.5-2.7 in preorbital snout length; tail base relatively broad, width at pelvic-fin insertions 2.7-3.0 times width at midlength; anterior lobe of pelvic fin spatulate; dorsal disc largely naked; middorsal surface of tail naked, apart from non-linear row of paired thorns extending onto posterior disc; dorsolateral surface of tail lacking thorns; snout length 2.4-2.6 times distance from snout tip to rostral thorn; calcified rostral shaft short; single preorbital thorn, posterior thorns absent; ventral disc and tail naked; alar and malar thorns of mature males united to form a broad patch over most of outer pectoral fin; ventral surface much darker than dorsal surface; very dark, beard-like patch beneath mouth, edge of mouth white; no rows of pale-edged pores on ventral surface; nuchal pore band very distinct; total pectoral radials 68-70; predorsal vertebrae 106-110; tooth rows in upper jaw 45-60 (Ref. 58023).

Southwest Pacific: New Zealand.

Size / Weight / Age
64.6 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 58023))

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 900 - 1000 m (Ref. 58023)

shark-references Species-ID=9497;