Zearaja nasuta

(Müller & Henle, 1841)

New Zealand rough skate
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rajiformes Rajidae

Reference of the original description
Müller, J. & Henle, F.G.J. (1841)
Systematische Beschreibung der Plagiostomen. Berlin, Veit, pp. 1–200

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Dipturus nasutus, Raia nasuta, Raja nasuta, Raja (Dipturus) nasuta, Zearaja nasutus

Zearaja nasuta

Description :

Citation: Zearaja nasuta (Müller & Henle, 1841): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 05/2022

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Common names
eng Brown rough skate, eng New Zealand rough skate, eng New Zealand skate, eng Rough skate

Short Description
Brown dorsally, mottled with white and black spots, and a large dark blotch on each wing; white ventrally [578].

Southwest Pacific: endemic to New Zealand. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: commercial

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Young hatching at about 18-20 cm [578]. Distinct pairing with embrace. Young may tend to follow large objects, such as their mother [17086]. Inhabits the continental shelf and upper slope [578]; usually in coastal waters (Ref. 9258). Found partially buried in sand [578]. Feeds on fish, shellfish, crabs, and worms.

Size / Weight / Age
118 cm TL (male/unsexed; [578]); max. reported age: 9 years (Ref. 47618)

demersal; marine; depth range 10 - 1500 m [578]

shark-references Species-ID=7554;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Trypanosoma gargantua Laird, 1951 [21264]

  • Empruthotrema raiae (Maccallum, 1916) Johnston & Tiegs, 1922 [17002]
  • Merizocotyle amplidiscata Dillon & Hargis, 1965 [17002]