Neoraja stehmanni 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Chondrichthyes Rajiformes Rajidae

Scientific Name: Neoraja stehmanni (Hulley, 1972)
Common Name(s):
English African Dwarf Skate, South African Pygmy Skate

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Smale, M.J. (SSG Subequatorial Africa Regional Workshop, September 2003)
Reviewer(s): Cavanagh, R.D., Kyne, P.M. & Fowler, S.L. (Shark Red List Authority)
Only information on the taxonomy and distribution of this South African endemic skate has been published to date. Information on biology and life history patterns are currently unknown. This species seems to have a localized distribution on the slope in depths below 600 m (but has been recorded from 292 to 1,025 m). No threats currently identified, but further research is required to better define it distribution and to provide information on biology and ecology.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Southeast Atlantic: Endemic to the west coast of South Africa from west of Cape Town to south of the Agulhas Bank. It has been found in limited areas of the deep slope southwest of Cape Point and southwest of Saldanha Bay in its known range. An additional record southwest of the Orange River extended its known range northwards (Compagno et al. 1989; 1991).
Countries occurrence:
South Africa (Northern Cape Province, Western Cape)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – southeast
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Population [top]

Population:Information to date suggests that this South African endemic has a localised distribution, although further deepwater trawling may extend the current known range.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:A deepwater skate that may have specialised habitat requirements based on its apparent restricted distribution. It has been recorded in depths of 292 to 1,025 m, but more commonly >600 m. It has been caught in considerable numbers (usually adults) in limited areas below 600 m. Nothing is known of its biology.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): None known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Research is required to accurately determine its distribution, biology and ecology.

Citation: Smale, M.J. (SSG Subequatorial Africa Regional Workshop, September 2003). 2004. Neoraja stehmanni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T44615A10926454. . Downloaded on 20 April 2018.
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