Orbiraja jensenae, Sulu Sea skate

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Orbiraja jensenae (Last & Lim, 2010)

Sulu Sea skate
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Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes (Skates and rays) > Rajidae (Skates)
Etymology: Orbiraja: Name from Latin word 'orbis' meaning circle, referring to the paired, ring-like pectoral-fin ocelli in all three nominal species.;  jensenae: Named for the cestode parasitologist, Dr Kirsten Jensen..
More on authors: Last & Lim.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 110 - 118 m (Ref. 84287). Tropical

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Western Pacific: Philippines.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 53.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 84287)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

This small to medium-sized rostrorajin skate (to about 53 cm TL) is distinguished by the following combination of characters: disc possess narrowly to broadly rounded apices, its width 59-71% TL, 1.1-1.2 times its length; snout angle is 88-98°; tail relatively short in females (length 0.8-0.9 in distance from snout tip to rear of cloaca) and longer in adult male (length 1.1 times distance from snout tip to rear of cloaca); tail width 1.5-1.8 times height at its midlength, 1.4-1.7 times at first dorsal-fin origin; pre-upper jaw length is 17-18% TL, 2.0-2.2 times internasal width; ventral head length is 29-32% TL; snout length is 3.3-3.4 times interorbital width; orbit diameter 67-85% interorbital width; first dorsal-fin height 2.0-2.7 in its base length; long procaudal length, its distance from first dorsal-fin origin to tail tip 3.1-4.0 times first dorsal-fin base length, 3.2-6.3 times caudal-fin length; the pelvic fins of medium size, length of posterior lobe 16-18% TL, length of anterior lobe 71-83% of posterior lobe; adult male without malar thorn patches; alar thorn patches are small, broadly oval; adult clasper with greatly extended components spike and sentinel; accessory terminal 2 cartilage with strongly articulated medial distal extension, partly overlaying axial cartilage on median margin; anterior margins of both surfaces of disc of females with narrow denticle bands; the single median series of thorns extending along entire midline of disc; tail thorns are well developed, numerous, in 3 closely spaced median rows and irregular lateral row on each side (absent from dorsolateral region of tail); thorns in central median row fewer and smaller than in rows adjacent; 80-82 total pectoral radials; 26-31 trunk centra; 79-85 predorsal centra; 133-138 total centra; 61-76 tooth rows in upper jaw. Colouration: brownish and white spotted, with large dark pectoral spots bordered with smaller white spots when fresh; rostral cartilage is demarcated from rest of snout; ventral surface whitish with outer margins of pectoral fins yellowish; ventral sensory pores are minute, indistinct, not black-edged or surrounded by greyish blotches; dorsal fins are dark anteriorly, paler posteriorly; the caudal fin pale or brownish (Ref. 112881).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : McEachran, John | Collaborators

Last, P.R. and A.P.K. Lim, 2010. A new species of skate Okamejei jensenae sp. nov. (Rajoidei: Rajidae) from the seas off Borneo, with a redescription of the Kwangtung skate, Dipturus kwangtungensis. pp. 101-114. In Last, P.R., White, W.T. & Pogonoski, J.J. (eds.): Descriptions of new sharks and rays from Borneo. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper no. 32. (Ref. 84287)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)

  Near Threatened (NT) (A2d); Date assessed: 06 May 2020


Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans


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Estimates based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201): 20.1 - 21.8, mean 20.4 °C (based on 3 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804):  PD50 = 0.7500   [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):  3.7   ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (41 of 100).