Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes
(Skates and rays) > Rajidae
Etymology: arafurensis: Named for its distributional area, Arafura Sea..
More on authors: Last & Gledhill.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 179 - 298 m (Ref. 75645). Tropical; 8°S - 15°S, 120°E - 133°E (Ref. 114953)
Eastern Indian Ocean: off northwestern Australia (Ref. 114953).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 40.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75645); 49.5 cm TL (female)
Found on outer continental shelf and upper slope (Ref. 114953). Length of one adolescent male 29.9 cm TL; males mature at 37.6-40.7 cm TL; smallest juvenile at 23.5 cm TL (Ref. 75645).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Last, P.R. and D.C. Gledhill, 2008. Two new skates of the genus Okamejei (Rajoidei: Rajiidae) from south-east Indian Ocean. In Last. P.R., W.T. White, J.J. Pogonoski and D.C. Gledhill (eds) : Descriptions of new Australian skates (Batoidea: Rajoidei) pg. 119-134. CSIRO marine and atmospheric research paper no. 021. (Ref. 75645)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 11.7 - 16.5, mean 14.2 °C (based on 12 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00324 (0.00152 - 0.00688), b=3.22 (3.05 - 3.39), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.6 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
): Moderate vulnerability (40 of 100).