Brochiraja asperula

(Garrick & Paul, 1974)

Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Arhynchobatidae

Reference of the original description
Garrick, J.A.F. & Paul, L.J. (1974)
The taxonomy of New Zealand Skates (Suborder Rajoidea), with descriptions of three new species. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 4(3), 345–377

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Bathyraja asperula, Brochiraja cf. asperula, Notoraja asperula, Pavoraja asperula

Brochiraja asperula
Holotype: NMNZ: P05463; Paratype: NMNZ: P05461; NMNZ: P05459; NMNZ: P05221; NMNZ: P05191; NMNZ: P05192; NMNZ: P03561; NMNZ: P03638; NMNZ: P05462; NMNZ: P05460; NMNZ: P05458;

Description :

Citation: Brochiraja asperula (Garrick & Paul, 1974): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2024

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Egg capsule of Brochiraja asperula NSMT P42505 (37.3 x 22.0 mm) © Hajime Ishihara, Japan
Common names
eng Prickly deepsea skate, eng Smooth deep-sea skate, eng Smooth deepsea skate

Short Description
Dark brown in color [578]. Wing tips rounded; snout shorter than most other skates; skin smooth, soft and loose, with band prickles on hind body and tail [578].

Southwest Pacific: endemic to New Zealand.

Oviparous [578]. Paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Distinct pairing with embrace. Young may tend to follow large objects, such as their mother [17086].

Size / Weight / Age
51.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [578])

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 200 - 1300 m [578]

shark-references Species-ID=9494;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Zyxibothrium duffyi Bueno & Caira, 2023 [32167]