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Benthobatis moresbyi  Alcock, 1898

Dark blind ray
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Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Torpediniformes (Electric rays) > Narcinidae (Numbfishes)
Etymology: Benthobatis: Greek, benthos = depth of the sea + Greek, batis, -idos = a ray (Raja sp.) (Ref. 45335);  moresbyi: Named for Capt. Moresby of the Indian Navy..   More on author: Alcock.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 787 - 1071 m (Ref. 48493).   Deep-water

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Western Indian Ocean: Arabian and Laccadive seas (off Travancore coast).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 35.1 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48493); 39.2 cm TL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dark brown dorsal and ventral surfaces; ventral entirely dark. Snout elongated, usually more than 1/3 in disc length (preocular snout region 40% in disc length in lectotype). Disc oval, longer than wide. Dorsal fins with long, fleshy bases which are much longer than height of the fin (dorsal fin length 50-55% of fin height). Origin of first dorsal well anterior to posterior tip of pelvic fins, close to mid pelvic length; dorsal fins close together, interdorsal space less than length of dorsal bases. Distance between second dorsal and caudal fins much smaller than length of base of second dorsal fin. Caudal fin extremely elongated, reaching almost 1/2 tail length as measured from posterior tips of pelvic fins; caudal fin length 40.4% of distance between cloaca and caudal fin tip (Ref. 48493).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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de Carvalho, M.R., 1999. A synopsis of the deep-sea genus Benthobatis Alcock, with a redescription of the type species Benthobatis moresbyi Alcock, 1898 (Chondrichthyes, Torpediniformes, Narcinidae). p. 231-255. In Séret B. & J.-Y. Sire [eds]. Proc. 5th Indo-Pac. Fish Conf., Noumea, 1997. (Ref. 48493)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 2.7 - 6.7, mean 6.3 (based on 5 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5625   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01047 (0.00390 - 0.02813), b=2.87 (2.64 - 3.10), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming fecundity<100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (29 of 100) .