Dipturus whitleyi

Whitleys skate | Raja whitleyi
Dipturus whitleyi
Dipturus whitleyi, adult, Tasmania, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw

Similar Species

Distribution

Temperate Australasia


Description

Long tail, broad fins, lack of spines beside the eyes, and a grey upper surface spotted with white flecks.


Information

Max Size: 170 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 10.4-18.1°C

Depth: 1-170m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.


Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (1.6% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.


Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney