Discopyge tschudii (Southwest Atlantic subpopulation)


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Discopyge tschudii (Southwest Atlantic subpopulation)
Species Authority: Heckel in Tschudi, 1844
Parent Species:
Common Name(s):
English Apron Ray
Spanish Raya Eléctrica, Torpedo

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A3bd+4bd ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Massa, A., Hozbor, N. & Lamilla, J.
Reviewer(s): Kyne, P.M., Cavanagh, R.D., Fowler, S.L. & Musick, J.A. (Shark Red List Authority)
Discopyge tschudii is a small temperate electric ray from the Southwest Atlantic and Southeast Pacific Oceans (occurring as two separate subpopulations). It is rare in southern Brazil where it occurs only in small numbers in winter and in Uruguay captures are also low. In Northern Argentina, biomass measured by research trawling decreased by 88% in the years 1994–1999. However, because there was an apparent change in the distribution pattern of the species it is impossible to tell whether this decline was caused by a reduction in population size or geographic availability of Discopyge mitigated by different hydrographic conditions. However, given this data and intense fishing pressure across its range in the Southwest Atlantic it is classified as Vulnerable there. Future research may result in downgrading the conservation status to Near Threatened or upgrading perhaps as high as Critically Endangered.

Geographic Range [top]

Argentina; Brazil; Uruguay
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – southwest
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Marine

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2004. 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 23 November 2004.

IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group. Specialist Group website. Available at: http://www.iucnssg.org/.

Citation: Massa, A., Hozbor, N. & Lamilla, J. 2004. Discopyge tschudii (Southwest Atlantic subpopulation). In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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