Torpedo panthera 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Chondrichthyes Rajiformes Torpedinidae

Scientific Name: Torpedo panthera Olfers, 1831
Common Name(s):
English Panther Torpedo, Leopard Torpedo

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Needs updating
Assessor(s): de Carvalho, M.R. & McCord, M.E.
Reviewer(s): Fowler, S.L. & Kyne, P.M. (Shark Red List Authority)
Torpedo panthera has a patchy distribution in the northern Indian Ocean, being recorded from the northern and southern Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman and the Bay of Bengal. The species likely has a wider distribution than presently known and very little is known of its biology. Parts of its known range are under severe fishing pressure from shrimp trawl fisheries, where it is taken as bycatch, although details are not known. There is a very low probability of survivorship when discarded at sea and fisheries in this area are unlikely to cease or decrease in the future, indicating that population declines are likely. However, the complete lack of catch data and scarcity of information on biology and distribution precludes an assessment beyond Data Deficient. An effort is required to obtain bycatch data in order to quantify fishing mortality.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:As presently known, a patchily known range in the Western Indian Ocean. The species probably occurs from the Red Sea through the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, and the Gulf of Oman to the Bay of Bengal.

Reports from Eastern Africa (south of Somalia) and from the Persian Gulf are missidentifications (Carvalho et al. 2002).
Countries occurrence:
Djibouti; Egypt; Eritrea; India; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Oman; Pakistan; Saudi Arabia; Somalia; Sudan; Yemen
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – western
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Population [top]

Population:As presently documented the range is disjunct, but it may be continuous from the Red Sea to the Bay of Bengal.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Recorded on muddy and sandy bottoms of the continental shelf to depths of ~110 m. Very little known of the habitat and biology of this species. Reaches ~110 cm TL. Male T. panthera reaches sexual maturity before 28.1 cm TL when its claspers become completely calcified. No information is known from female T. panthera (Carvalho et al. 2002).

Life history parameters
Age at maturity (years): Unknown.
Size at maturity (total length): Unknown (female); at least before 28.1 cm TL (male).
Longevity (years): Unknown.
Maximum size (total length): ~110 cm TL.
Size at birth (cm): Unknown.
Average reproductive age (years): Unknown.
Gestation time (months): Unknown.
Reproductive periodicity: Unknown.
Average annual fecundity or litter size: Unknown.
Annual rate of population increase: Unknown.
Natural mortality: Unknown.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Parts of the species' known distribution are under severe fishing pressure, particularly from shrimp trawls. Its benthic nature makes this species, as with other sluggish torpedo rays, susceptible to capture in trawl gear. It is extremely unlikely that shrimp trawl fisheries in that area will decrease or cease in the future, and populations are likely to become depleted through bycatch mortality (indeed declines may have already occurred but there are no data to consider this possibility). Presumably discarded when taken as bycatch, but survivorship is not known (although is probably low).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Surveying to determine population status and distribution is required. Of priority is an analysis of the threat from shrimp trawling. Subsequent regulation of shrimp trawling may be necessary.

The development and implementation of management plans (national and/or regional e.g., under the FAO International Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks: IPOA-Sharks) are required to facilitate the conservation and sustainable management of all chondrichthyan species in the region. See Anon. (2004) for an update of progress made by nations in the range of T. panthera.

Citation: de Carvalho, M.R. & McCord, M.E. 2006. Torpedo panthera. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T60134A12311224. . Downloaded on 24 April 2018.
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