Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes
(Skates and rays) > Rajidae
Etymology: Leucoraja: Greek, leykos = white + Latin, raja = a fish, Raja sp. (Ref. 45335); pristispina: Name from Greek 'pristis' for saw and the Latin 'spina' for thorn or backbone, refers to the rows of thorns on the midline of the disc and tail..
More on authors: Last, Stehmann & Séret.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 202 - 504 m (Ref. 75643). Tropical; 13°S - 30°S, 111°E - 123°E (Ref. 114953)
Eastern Indian Ocean: off Australia and eastern Indonesia (Ref. 114953).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 40.1 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75643); 37.8 cm TL (female)
Lengths of adolescent males ranged from 32.6-34.1 cm TL, with smallest juvenile a neonate 9.4 cm TL; adult males 34.8-40.1 cm TL (Ref. 75643).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Last, P.R., M.F.W. Stehmann and B. Séret, 2008. Leucoraja pristispina sp. nov., a new deepwater skate from Western Australia. pp. 145-154. In Last, P.R., W.T. White, J.J. Pogonoski and D.C. Gledhill (eds.): Descriptions of new Australian skates (Batoidea: Rajoidei) pg. 145-154. CSIRO marine and atmospheric research paper no. 021. (Ref. 75643)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 11.3 - 13.5, mean 11.8 °C (based on 17 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00339 (0.00167 - 0.00688), b=3.25 (3.09 - 3.41), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.1 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary low fecundity).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (30 of 100).