Notoraja sticta

McEACHRAN & LAST, 2008


Blotched skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Arhynchobatidae

Reference of the original description
MCEACHRAN, J.D. & LAST, P.R. (2008)
New deepwater skates of the genus Notoraja (Rajoidei: Arhynchobatidae) from southern Australia and the eastern Indian Ocean. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 21: 155–172

Image of the original description

Notoraja sticta sp. nov., adult male holotype (CSIRO H 2954–01, 543 mm TL, fresh): A, dorsal surface; B, ventral surface. In: McEACHRAN, J.D. & LAST, P.R. 2008 New deepwater skates of the genus Notoraja (Rajoidei: Arhynchobatidae) from southern Australia and the eastern Indian Ocean. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 21: 155-172

Types
Notoraja sticta
Holotype: CSIRO: H 2954-01; Paratype: AMS: I.44550-001; CSIRO: H 2957-01; CSIRO: H 2955-01; CSIRO: H 2227-01; SAMA: F 6833; SAMA: F 6810;


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Citation: Notoraja sticta McEACHRAN & LAST, 2008: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 11/2018

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Dorsal surface of Notoraja sticta sp. nov., female paratype (CSIRO H 2955–01, 627 mm TL, fresh). In: McEACHRAN, J.D. & LAST, P.R. 2008 New deepwater skates of the genus Notoraja (Rajoidei: Arhynchobatidae) from southern Australia and the eastern Indian Ocean. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 21: 155-172
Common names
eng Blotched skate

Short Description
Original diagnosis after McEACHRAN & LAST, 2008 [3316]: A moderately large species of Notoraja with the following combination of characters: disc width 55.2–62.5% TL; preorbital snout length 12.7–15.0% TL; pre-upper jaw length 12.5–15.0% TL; tail length from posterior margin of cloaca to tip 54.9–58.2% TL. Dorsal surface largely free of dermal denticles; snout without thorns; two main, irregular rows of thorns on dorsolateral aspect of tail and additional median row of thorns on posterior half of tail; ventral surface of tail with large isolated denticles on posterior third, otherwise naked; oronasal pits absent; tooth rows 34–44 in upper jaw, 32– 41 in lower jaw; pectoral-fin radials 65–68; trunk centra 25–27; predorsal caudal centra 72–75; rostral appendices about 80% of nasobasal length, subconical in cross section posteriorly and connected to rostral shaft at node; scapulocoracoid elongate and with slender anterior bridge; piebald, mainly whitish dappled with variably developed bluish grey blotches dorsally; dappled ventrally, usually with variably developed greyish brown blotches.

Distribution
Eastern Indian Ocean: South Australia. Source: www.gbif.org

Size / Weight / Age
62.7 cm TL (male/unsexed; [3316])

Habitat
demersal; marine; depth range 820 - 1200 m [3316]

Remarks
63980