Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes
(Skates and rays) > Arhynchobatidae
(Skates) > Rhinopterinae
Etymology: Notoraja: Greek, noton = back + Latin, raja = fish, Raja sp. (Ref. 45335); alisae: Named for the French research vessel 'Alis' (name of a local wind) of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) in Nouméa, which was used for the numerous exploratory cruises performed in New Caledonian EEZ.
the name of a local wind.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 870 - 1049 m (Ref. 91035). Subtropical; 17°S - 35°S, 166°E - 172°E (Ref. 114953)
Western Pacific: New Caledonia. The dark form exhibits a wider latitudinal distribution (from southern Norfolk Ridge (35°8’S) in New Zealand’s EEZ to Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 51.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 91035); 54.5 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This is a medium-size species with the following set of characters: disc wider than long, width 50.9-55.5% TL, length 43.8-45.7% TL; dorsal head length 17.1-19.0% TL; interspiracular distance 6.2-6.7% TL, internasal distance 7.0-8.5% TL, preorbital length 2.7-3.1 times orbit length, 3.4-3.6 interorbital; tail width at pelvic-fin axil 1.5-1.6 times its height; one rudimentary preorbital thorn; velvety dorsal and ventral surfaces of disc, covered with fine denticles; long and slender tail, entirely velvety and without enlarged thorns; lateral tail folds variably expanded posteriorly, its width sometimes greater than tail width at level of second dorsal fin; expanded nasal lobes, width of nasal curtain 8.1-9.8% TL; anterior pelvic-fin lobe shorter that posterior lobe; dorsal and ventral surfaces are pale greyish brown; total pectoral-fin radials 63; monospondylous centra 24-25, total diplospondylous centra 112-117, total centra 136-142 (Ref. 91035).
Found on insular slopes, mainly on hard bottoms. Rarely caught. Life history unknown (Ref. 114953).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Séret, B. and P.R. Last, 2012. New deep water skates of the genus Notoraja Ishiyama, 1958 (Rajoidei, Arhynchobatidae) from the southwest Pacific. Zoosystema, 34 (2):319-341. (Ref. 91035)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 3.1 - 4.1, mean 3.4 (based on 9 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (52 of 100) .