Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes
(Skates and rays) > Arhynchobatidae
Etymology: Notoraja: Greek, noton = back + Latin, raja = fish, Raja sp. (Ref. 45335); longiventralis: Name from Latin 'longi' for long and 'ventralis'; referring to the very long anterior lobe of the pelvic fin.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 660 - 953 m (Ref. 91035). Tropical; 14°S - 20°S, 166°E - 178°W (Ref. 114953)
Western Pacific: Fiji and Vanuatu.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 43.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 91035)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species (probably of medium size) is distinguished by the following set of characters: presence of a single rudimentary preorbital thorn; velvety dorsal and ventral surfaces of disc which are covered with fine denticles; long and slender tail is velvety and without enlarged thorns; lateral tail folds are not expanded distally, always narrower than tail width; nasal lobes not greatly expanded, width of nasal curtain 7.6-8.0% TL; relatively broad mouth, its width more than 66% of maximum width of nasal curtain; anterior pelvic-fin lobe is longer than posterior lobe; dorsal and ventral surfaces are dark, almost uniformly purplish grey; faint whitish spots over pores along the anterior margins of disc; total pectoral-fin radials 64-65, monospondylous centra 26-27, total diplospondylous centra 109-118, total number of centra 135-145 (Ref. 91035).
A demersal species found on mid-insular slopes. Known from few specimens. Hatching size at ca. 17 cm TL. Life history unknown (Ref. 114953).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Séret, B. and P.R. Last, 2012. New deep water skates of the genus Notoraja Ishiyama, 1958 (Rajoidei, Arhynchobatidae) from the southwest Pacific. Zoosystema, 34 (2):319-341. (Ref. 91035)
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
): 1.8 - 2.7, mean 2.2 °C (based on 1549 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [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 ±0.7 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (45 of 100) .