Notoraja inusitata

Séret & Last, 2012

Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Arhynchobatidae

Reference of the original description
Séret, B. & Last, P.R. (2012)
New deep water skates of the genus Notoraja Ishiyama, 1958 (Rajoidei, Arhynchobatidae) from the southwest Pacific. Zoosystema, 34(2), 319–341

Notoraja inusitata
Holotype: MNHN: 2008-1638;

Description Pollerspoeck, Juergen:

Benediktinerring 34, D-94569 Stephansposching;
Citation: Notoraja inusitata Séret & Last, 2012: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2022

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Short Description
A species of Notoraja (probably of medium size as male 440 mm TL is juvenile), disc broadly heart-shaped, snout tip projecting as a short blunted triangle, single preorbital thorn; dorsal surface of disc entirely velvety, covered with very fine denticles; ventral surface of disc naked; tail long and tapering from base to first dorsal fin, slightly expanded at level of dorsal fins; tail entirely pricked except for the ventral base, an irregular mediodorsal row of small denticles on tail; lateral tail folds expanded at level of dorsal and caudal fins, but width less than tail width; low epichordal caudal-fin lobe; nasal lobes not greatly expanded, mouth relatively narrow; anterior and posterior pelvic-fin lobes subequal in length; dorsal surface pale greyish brown, ventral surface whitish; total centra 143. [16142]

Known only from Big Bay, Espiritu Santo (Vanuatu) [16142]

Size / Weight / Age
juvenile male holotype: 440 mm TL [16142]

bathydemersal; marine; depth range: 807 to 844 m depth [16142]

Tooth rows in upper jaw 41; lower jaw 38 [16142]

shark-references Species-ID=12402;