|Scientific Name:||Dipturus queenslandicus Last, White & Pogonoski, 2008|
Last and Yearsley (2002) discussed the generic placement of Australasian rajin skates. Six long-snout species were considered to conform closely with non-Australian members of the genus Dipturus. This group consists of the Bight Skate (Dipturus gudgeri), Heald's Skate (Dipturus healdi), Graham's Skate (Dipturus grahami), the Blacktip Skate (Dipturus melanospilus), Pale Tropical Skate (Dipturus acrobelus) and the Queensland Deepwater Skate (Dipturus queenslandicus). The Queensland Deepwater Skate is a problematic skate possibly involving two similar species. Unusual among Australian Dipturus skates in having the characteristic nuchal thorn either present or absent (usually present but it is easily removed). Individuals lacking a nuchal thorn can be confused with the Blacktip Skate. More specimens are required (Last and Stevens 2009).
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Data Deficient ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Awruch, C.A. & White, W.T.|
|Reviewer(s):||Walls, R.H.L. & Kyne, P.M.|
|Facilitator/Compiler(s):||Kyne, P.M. & Walls, R.H.L.|
Like many deepwater skates, there is not enough information to assess the Queensland Deepwater Skate (Dipturus queenslandicus) beyond Data Deficient. Essentially nothing is known of its ecology or life history. Species-specific catch data are not available, but its area of occurrence currently receives little demersal fishing effort, and there are no significant threats apparent. However, any future expansion of demersal trawling within its range may pose a risk given its limited geographic and bathymetric range. Given the sensitivity of large skates to overfishing, bycatch levels need monitoring and research needs to include information on range and ecology.
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|Range Description:||The Queensland Deepwater Skate (Dipturus queenslandicus) is known only from the Saumarez Plateau off Queensland (22°36′S, 154°14′E to 23°12′S, 153°33′E). It was once thought to occur slightly further north (19°02′S, 150°43′E), but these records appear to be of another closely related undescribed species (Last et al. 2008).|
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:|
Pacific – western central
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|Population:||There are no details on population size, structure or trends of this species.|
|Current Population Trend:||Unknown|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This skate is known only from the continental slope at depths of 399–606 m (Last et al. 2008, Last and Stevens 2009). There are no specific details on its habitat. It attains at least 76 cm total length (TL); males mature by 63 cm TL (Last et al. 2008, Last and Stevens 2009). There is no information on the life cycle or growth.|
|Use and Trade:||This skate is not known to be utilized.|
|Major Threat(s):||There are no documented threats to this skate. It occurs deeper than the depths fished by the deepwater eastern king prawn sector of the Queensland east coast trawl fishery. Its range may overlap with the Commonwealth-managed Coral Sea Fishery, but there has been no trawling in that fishery since the 2006-07 fishing season (Noriega et al. 2014). Given its narrow depth range, any demersal fishing in the area could adversely affect its presumably small population.|
|Conservation Actions:||No species-specific conservation actions are currently in place. Research is required to better define its full range, estimate abundance, and examine life history traits.|
IUCN. 2015. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015-4. Available at: www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 19 November 2015).
IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group. Specialist Group website. Available at: http://www.iucnssg.org/.
Last, P.R. and Stevens, J.D. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia. First Edition. CSIRO Division of Fisheries, Hobart.
Last, P.R. and Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Second Edition. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Australia.
Last, P.R. and Yearsley, G.K. 2002. Zoogeography and relationships of Australasian skates (Chondrichthyes: Rajidae). Journal of Biogeography 29: 1627-1641.
Last, P.R., White, W.T. and Pogonoski, J.J. 2008. New skates of the genus Dipturus (Rajoidei: Rajidae) from Australian Seas. Pp 9–52. In: P.R. Last, W.T. White, J.J. Pogonoski and D.C. Gledhill (eds), Descriptions of new Australian skates (Batoidea: Rajoidei), CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper No. 021.
Noriega, R., Hansen, S. and Mazur, K. 2014. Coral Sea Fishery. In: Georgeson, L., Stobutzki, I. and Curtotti, R. (eds), Fishery status reports 2013-14, pp. 48-60. Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, Canberra.
|Citation:||Awruch, C.A. & White, W.T. 2015. Dipturus queenslandicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T195452A68621739.Downloaded on 24 October 2017.|
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