Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes
(Skates and rays) > Anacanthobatidae
Etymology: caerulea: Name from Latin ‘caeruleus’, allusion to its blue dorsal and ventral coloration. More on authors: Last & Séret.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 482 - 1168 m (Ref. 75174). Tropical; 21°S - 26°S, 111°E - 114°E (Ref. 75174)
Eastern Indian Ocean: off Western Australia (Refs. 75174, 114953).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 69.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75174)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: disc large, width at anterior orbit 8.0-9.1 times mouth width; tail short, postcloacal length 35-42% of disc length; eyes relatively small, orbit diameter 10.9-15.7 in horizontal snout and 13.1-17.9 in head lengths respectively; distal portion of tail weakly or slightly expanded, width of tail near tip 1.5-1.6 times tail width at its midlength; pectoral-fin radials 72-76; moderate-sized pelvic fins, anterior lobe 15.4-16.0% TL; anterior pelvic-fin lobe rather broad-based, width 1.7-2.2 in distance between pelvic-fin origins; caudal fin rudimentary; tooth rows in each jaw of adults 24-30; monospondylous vertebral centra 26-29, total centra 184-212; dorsal and ventral surfaces bluish in fresh specimens (Ref. 75174)..
Found on upper continental slope. Life history unknown but presumably feeds on invertebrates and bony fishes (Ref. 114953).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Last, P.R. and B. Séret, 2008. Three new legskates of the genus Sinobatis (Rajoidei: Anacanthobatidae) from the Indo-West Pacific. Zootaxa 1671:33-58. (Ref. 75174)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 4.7 - 5.6, mean 5.1 °C (based on 9 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5020 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (31 of 100) .