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Bathyraja cousseauae  Díaz de Astarloa & Mabragaña, 2004

Joined-fins skate
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Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes (Skates and rays) > Arhynchobatidae (Skates)
Etymology: Bathyraja: Greek, bathys = deep + Latin, raja, -ae = a ray (Raja sp) (Ref. 45335);  cousseauae: Named for María Berta Cousseau of Dept. de Ciencias Marinas, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 119 - 284 m (Ref. 55502).   Subtropical

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Southwestern Atlantic: Off northern Patagonian, off Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 86.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55502)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

This species is distinguished by having the following characters: a large and very distinct round pale area ocellus-like, margined with dark brown on posterior part of each pectoral base of the upper side of the disc; upper surface of disc fully covered with numerous small spinules, also on interorbital area, tail, dorsal fins, and posterior pelvic lobes; larger individuals with scattered spinules distributed in central parts of the disc; ocular thorns absent; continuous row of 21-27 median thorns from nuchal; region to first dorsal fin; males have elongated, slender rod-shaped claspers; dorsal fin densely spinulose close to the end of tail and with no space between them (Ref. 55502).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Díaz de Astarloa, J.M. and E. Mabragaña, 2004. Bathyraja cousseauae sp. n.: a new softnose skate from the southwestern Atlantic (Rajiformes, Rajidae). Copeia 2004(2):326-335. (Ref. 55502)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 4.5 - 6.4, mean 5.8 (based on 37 cells; Ref. 115970).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00490 (0.00243 - 0.00986), b=3.13 (2.96 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.0   ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High vulnerability (65 of 100) .