Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes
(Skates and rays) > Rajidae
Etymology: Gurgesiella: Latin, gurges = abyss, whirlpool (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 470 - 800 m (Ref. 57911). Deep-water; 20°S - 40°S, 60°W - 40°W (Ref. 57911)
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 53.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57911); common length : 19.0 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. )
Southwest Atlantic: Brazilian coast, from Rio de Janeiro to Rio Grande do Sul.
Holotype taken from a depth of 800 m (Ref. 26282). Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Eggs have horn-like projections on the shell (Ref. 205). Feeds on fishes and crustaceans (Ref. 57911). Max. width (Teodoro Vaske Jr., pers. comm., 2002).
McEachran, J.D. and K.A. Dunn, 1998. Phylogenetic analysis of skates, a morphologically conservative clade of elasmobranchs (Chondrichthyes: Rajidae). Copeia 1998(2):271-290. (Ref. 27314)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00309 (0.00141 - 0.00678), b=3.23 (3.05 - 3.41), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.66 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Fec assumed to be <100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (43 of 100) .