Dipturus innominatus (Garrick & Paul, 1974)
New Zealand smooth skate
Dipturus innominatus
photo by Duffy, C.

Family:  Rajidae (Skates), subfamily: Rajinae
Max. size:  240 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 24 years
Environment:  demersal; depth range 15 - 1310 m
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: endemic to New Zealand.
Diagnosis:  Grey with scattered charcoal blotches dorsally, greyish-white ventrally (Ref. 26346).
Biology:  Occurs in coastal waters, continental shelf and upper slope (Ref. 26346). Usually found in deeper waters to 200 m (Ref. 9258). Mainly feeds on benthic decapods and bony fishes (Ref. 114953). Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Eggs have horn-like projections on the shell (Ref. 205). Males reaches maturity at ca. 150 cm TL. This species is said to be long lived and slow growing (Ref. 114953).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 21 June 2017 Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 23.05.95
Modified by: Abucay, Luisa - 20.11.18

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