Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rhinopristiformes
(Shovelnose rays) > Rhinobatidae
Etymology: omanensis: Named for its type locality, Oman.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic. Tropical; 27°N - 22°N, 56°E - 60°E (Ref. 114953)
Western Indian Ocean: off Oman.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 60.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 114953)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This small species has a wedge-shaped disc, is moderately elongate and with a narrow, triangular snout; anterior nasal flaps extending well across internasal space and are barely separated; dorsal surface with dense pattern of white ocelli; disc is rather thin, its length 1.3-1.4 times its width; anterior margins undulate, moderately concave before snout tip; outer corner of pectoral fins broadly rounded; snout angle ca. 64°; large eye, much larger than spiracles, orbit length 3.1-3.7 in preorbital length, 1.1-1.4 in interorbital space; rostral ridges well separated at the base; spiracle with 2 fleshy folds, inner fold rudimentary; rather large nostrils, oblique, length 1.2-1.3 times internasal space, anterior nasal flaps barely separated; velvety skin, entirely covered with minute denticles, no thorns nor thornlets, some barely enlarged denticles on preorbit and in median row between nape and first dorsal fin; tail 1.3-1.4 times longer than disc; tall dorsal fins widely spaced, interspace 2.7-3.2 times base length of first dorsal fin; apices angular to narrowly rounded; pectoral fin radials 67-72; total vertebral centra 185-188 (Ref. 114953).
Apparently a benthic species on inner continental shelf. Unknown life history. Maturity size unknown but a male was found mature at 50 cm TL (Ref. 114953).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Last, P.R., W.T. White, M.R. de Carvalho, B. Séret, M.F.W. Stehmann and G.J.P. Naylor, 2016. Rays of the world. CSIRO Publishing, Comstock Publishing Associates. i-ix + 1-790. (Ref. 114953)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00302 (0.00153 - 0.00594), b=3.13 (2.96 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 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 vulnerability (36 of 100) .