Benthobatis kreffti Rincón, Stehmann & Vooren, 2001
Benthobatis kreffti
photo by Vaske Jr., T.

Family:  Narcinidae (Numbfishes)
Max. size:  30 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 420 - 527 m
Distribution:  Southwest Atlantic: off southern Brazil.
Biology:  Deep water species on the continental slope. Feeds on worms, isopods and amphipods. The late-term embryos seem to gestate in a combined uterine/cloacal chamber. Produces up to 2 pups during each pregnancy. Maturity size of males at ca. 15 cm TL, females at 20 cm TL; birth size at ca. 10 cm TL. It is reported to be locally abundant as many individuals have been collected together in a single trawl (Ref. 114953).
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 01 July 2019 (A2d) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 20.08.03
Modified by: Abucay, Luisa - 03.08.18

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