Typhlonarke aysoni 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Chondrichthyes Rajiformes Narkidae

Scientific Name: Typhlonarke aysoni (Hamilton, 1902)
Common Name(s):
English Blind Electric Ray, Blind Legged Torpedo, Round Electric Ray
Astrape aysoni Hamilton,1902
Taxonomic Source(s): Last, P., White, W., de Carvalho, M., Séret, B., Stehmann, M. and Naylor, G. 2016. Rays of the World. CSIRO Publishing, Clayton.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Duffy, C. (SSG Australia & Oceania Regional Workshop, March 2003)
Reviewer(s): Cavanagh, R.D. & Kyne, P.M. (Shark Red List Authority)
Typhlonarke aysoni is a poorly known electric ray, endemic to New Zealand. It is apparently rare, however, its distribution and status is uncertain due to confusion with the similar T. tarakea. T. aysoni is potentially vulnerable to fisheries activity since its known distribution coincides with major trawl fishery grounds, but insufficient information is available to assess the species beyond Data Deficient at this time.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Uncertain due to confusion with T. tarakea. Blind electric rays have been recorded off east coast North Island south of East Cape, South Island, Stewart Island, Chatham Rise (Mernoo Bank and Chatham Islands) and Snares Shelf to 49°S.
Countries occurrence:
New Zealand
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – southwest
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Largely unknown. Blind electric rays of both species (T. aysoni and T. tarakea) have been trawled from 46 to 800 m, but are most common between 300-400 m. The flabby disc and rudimentary tail suggest blind electric rays are very poor swimmers and they probably push themselves along the bottom with their well- developed pelvic appendages. Diet includes polychaete worms. Reproduction is probably ovoviviparous. Litter size is up to 11. Size at birth is 9 to 10 cm. Maximum size 38 cm total length.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Bottom trawling.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are currently no conservation measures in place for this species.

Classifications [top]

10. Marine Oceanic -> 10.1. Marine Oceanic - Epipelagic (0-200m)

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
5. Biological resource use -> 5.4. Fishing & harvesting aquatic resources -> 5.4.4. Unintentional effects: (large scale) [harvest]
♦ timing:Ongoing    

Bibliography [top]

Anderson, O.F., Bagley, N.W., Hurst, R.J., Francis, M.P., Clark, M.R. and McMillan, P.J. 1998. Atlas of New Zealand fish and squid distributions from research bottom trawls. NIWA Technical Report 42. NIWA, Wellington. 303 pp.

Garrick, J.A.F. 1951. The blind electric rays of the genus Typhlonarke (Torpedinidae). Zoology Publications from Victoria University College. No. 15.

IUCN. 2003. 2003 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 18 November 2003.

IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group. Specialist Group website. Available at:

Citation: Duffy, C. (SSG Australia & Oceania Regional Workshop, March 2003). 2003. Typhlonarke aysoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T41867A10564854. . Downloaded on 19 June 2018.
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