Dipturus whitleyi  (Iredale, 1938)

Wedgenose skate
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Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes (Skates and rays) > Rajidae (Skates)
Etymology: Dipturus: Greek, di = two + Greek, pteryx = fin (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range ? - 170 m (Ref. 6871).   Temperate; 32°S - 44°S

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 170 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6871)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal surface greyish or greyish brown with irregularly spaced white flecks, ventral surface cream or white, occasionally with greyish areas. Disc quadrangular, broader than long. Snout of moderate length, broadly rounded and knob-like at snout tip. Tail short, very depressed, broad; lateral skin folds prominent. A row of 1-5 thorns on nuchal and shoulder region, orbital and malar thorns absent. Alar thorns retractable. Tail with 1-3 rows of thorns, outer rows located near lateral margin.

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Eastern Indian Ocean: endemic to Australia.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Most abundant in shallow water near shore (Ref. 6871). Found over soft bottom (Ref. 7300, 75154). Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Eggs have horn-like projections on the shell (Ref. 205). Thorny tail can inflict a minor injury (Ref. 6871).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk (Ref. 50449).

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Last, P.R. and J.D. Stevens, 1994. Sharks and rays of Australia. CSIRO, Australia. 513 p. (Ref. 6871)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

  Vulnerable (VU) (A2bd+4bd)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Traumatogenic (Ref. 6871)




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00302 (0.00135 - 0.00677), b=3.21 (3.03 - 3.39), 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. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Fec assumed to be <100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Very high vulnerability (80 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Medium.