Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes
(Skates and rays) > Arhynchobatidae
Etymology: Notoraja: Greek, noton = back + Latin, raja = fish, Raja sp. (Ref. 45335); sereti: Named after the highly respected French ichthyologist, Dr. Bernard Séret..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 800 - 980 m (Ref. 116308). Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Central Pacific: Papua New Guinea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 45.9 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This medium-size species is distinguished by the following set of characters: disc wider than long, width 47.1-50.3% TL, length 42.0-43.6% TL; head short (dorsal head length 15.2-16.2% TL; ventral head length 21.6-22.9% TL); snout relatively short (preorbital length 10.1-11.1% TL; ventral snout length 11.2-12.1% TL); interspiracular distance 5.3-5.9 TL, internasal distance 6.2-6.8% TL, preorbital length 2.4-3.0 times orbit length and 2.9-3.6 times interorbital; dorsal fins two, interdorsal space 1.1-1.9% TL; tail width at pelvic-fin axil 0.9-1.6 times its height; preorbital thorn single and small ; dorsal and most of ventral surface of disc entirely velvety, covered with fine denticles; adolescent male with median disc and pelvic fins naked; in females, anterior pelvic-fin lobe naked (skin naked or with sparse denticles ventrally on mid belly, chin, nasal curtain, and around cloaca); tail is long and slender, entirely velvety and without thorn-like denticles; lateral tail folds are moderately well developed; nasal lobes expanded, width of nasal curtain 7.9-8.3% TL; anterior pelvic-fin lobe is slightly shorter or similar length to posterior lobe; dorsal and ventral surfaces are greyish brown to dark bluish grey; total pectoral-fin radials 58-60; monospondylous centra 23-25, total diplospondylous centra 103-106, total centra 126-131 (Ref. 116308).
The species is known from three type specimens consisting of two females (45.9 and 45.8 cm TL) and an adolescent male (36.3 cm TL); based on the adolescent male size, the females are most likely adults (Ref. 116308).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
White, W.T., P.R. Last and R.R. Mana, 2017. A new species of velvet skate, Notoraja sereti n.sp. (Rajiformes: Arhynchobatidae) from Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa 4244(2):219-230. (Ref. 116308)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00550 (0.00273 - 0.01106), b=3.10 (2.93 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.7 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (36 of 100) .
Climate Vulnerability (Ref. 125649
): (0 of 100) .