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Narcine insolita  Carvalho, Séret & Compagno, 2002

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Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Torpediniformes (Electric rays) > Narcinidae (Numbfishes)
Etymology: Narcine: Greek, narke = numbness (Ref. 45335);  insolita: Name from Latin 'insolitus' meaning unusual or uncommon; referring to the unusual and unique disparate dimensions of the dorsal fins, treated as an adjective (feminine).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 150 - 175 m (Ref. 93929).   Tropical, preferred ?

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Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - 35.6 cm
Max length : 35.6 cm TL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Vertebrae: 119 - 127. This species is distinguished from all its congeners by the following characters: unique presence of a very large and prominent first dorsal fin that is conspicuously taller, larger and with a longer base than the second dorsal fin; large spiracles, conspicuously rounded, not projecting anteriorly lateral to eyes, and with elevated rims all around; interspiracular distance much smaller than interorbital distance; small, broadly rounded lateral cusplets adjacent to principal cusp on teeth of more concealed inner rows; upper and lower tooth bands equal in width and broadly circular in outline; dorsal colouration composed of a yellowish brown background with darker brown to reddish brown irregular blotches on disc margins, posterior disc and anterior margin of snout; darker brown blotches on anterior portion of dorsal and caudal fins, at caudal apex, and laterally on tail at level of dorsal fins; precaudal vertebrae 68-71; total vertebrae 119-127 (Ref. 93929).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Usually found over predominantly muddy substrata (Ref. 93929).

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de Carvalho, M.R., B. Séret and L.J.V. Compagno, 2002. A new species of electric ray of the genus Narcine Henle, 1834 from the South-western Indian Ocean (Chondrichthyes: Torpediniformes: Narcinidae). S. Afr. J. mar. Sci. 24:135-149. (Ref. 93929)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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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=0.01047 (0.00388 - 0.02826), 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):  3.2   ±0.3 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 (26 of 100) .