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Platyrhina hyugaensis Iwatsuki, Miyamoto & Nakaya, 2011

Hyuga fanray
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() > Torpediniformes (Electric rays) > Platyrhinidae (Fanrays)
Etymology: Platyrhina: Greek, platys = flat + Greek, rhinos = nose. It is the same voice used for the Mammalian division made in Primates (Ref. 45335);  hyugaensis: Named for the belief that it is endemic and common to the Hyuga Nada Sea.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 1 - 50 m (Ref. 86259).   Temperate; 30°N - 34°N, 127°E - 140°E (Ref. 114953)

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North-West Pacific: endemic to southern Japan.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 43.1 cm TL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following set of characters: a row of thorns (strongly hooked) on mid-dorsum of tail; a pair of thorns on anterior part of scapular region (apparent to touch in smallest specimen; 161 mm TL); thorns on orbital, nape and scapular regions not encircled by light yellow or white pigment; dorsal surface covered with minute dermal denticles of uniform size and shape, no obvious larger dermal denticles (smooth to touch) (Ref. 86259).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

A benthic ray species that is narrow-ranging (Ref. 114953). According to local divers in Miyazaki, this species often occurs on very shallow sandy bottoms, at depths as shallow as ca. 1 m, in the summer season off the Nichinan Coast, Miyazaki. It is frequently captured by set net within a depth of ca. 50 m from early spring (March) to autumn (November). It was observed by a local fisherman and a fish merchant (pers.comm.), that this species was not included in almost daily set net catches (depth ca. 8-50 m) from November to March in 2007-2008 in northern Miyazaki (Kadokawa Bay) and southern Miyazaki (Meitsu, Nichinan Coast) which indicate that the species avoids lower sea temperatures in the winter season (Ref. 86259). Males mature from ca. 20 cm TL (Ref. 114953).

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Iwatsuki, Y., K. Miyamoto, K. Nakaya and J. Zhang, 2011. A review of the genus Platyrhina (Chondrichthys: Platyrhinidae) from the northwestern Pacific, with descriptions of two new species. Zootaxa 2738:26-40. (Ref. 86259)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)


CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.6250   [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   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (33 of 100) .