Dusky Skate, Pavoraja umbrosa Last, Mallick & Yearsley 2008

Pavoraja umbrosa. Source: CSIRO National Fish Collection. License: CC BY Attribution

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Pavoraja umbrosa in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Jun 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/2641

Dusky Skate, Pavoraja umbrosa Last, Mallick & Yearsley 2008

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Northeast of Moreton Island, Queensland, to east of Wooli, New South Wales.


Smallest known mature male, 34.9 cm TL; smallest post-natal juvenile, 8.3 cm TL.


Occasionally taken as bycatch (discarded) in trawl fisheries off eastern Australia.


Thespecific name is from the Latin umbrosa (= shadow, shady) in reference to the uniform greyish coloration of the dorsal surface of the disc.

Species Citation

Pavoraja umbrosa Last, Mallick & Yearsley 2008, Zootaxa 1812: 37. Type locality: off Stradbroke Island, Queensland, 27°40'S, 153°56'E, depth 530 m.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Dusky Skate, Pavoraja umbrosa Last, Mallick & Yearsley 2008


Last, P.R. & Compagno, L.J.V. 1999. Families Rajidae, Arhynchobatidae, Anacanthobatidae. pp. 1452-1466 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068. (as Pavoraja sp. F)

Last, P.R., Mallick, S. & Yearsley, G.K. 2008. A review of the Australian skate genus Pavoraja Whitley (Rajiformes: Arhynchobatidae). Zootaxa 1812: 1-45,  https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.1812.1.1

Last, P.R., Stehmann, M.F.W., Séret, B. & Weigmann, W. 2016. 20. Softnose Skates. Family Arhynchobatidae. pp. 364-472 in Last, P.R., White, W.T., Carvalho, M.R. de, Séret, B., Stehmann, M.F.W. & Naylor, G.J.P. (eds). Rays of the World. Clayton South, Victoria : CSIRO Publishing 790 pp.

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Canberra : CSIRO Australia 513 pp. 84 pls. (as Pavoraja sp. F)

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Australia 2, 550 pp.

Last, P.R., Weigmann, S. & Yang, L. 2016. Changes to the nomenclature of the skates (Chondrichthyes: Rajiformes). Rays of the World: Supplementary Information. CSIRO Special Publication. pp. 11-34 

Smyth, W. 2015. Pavoraja umbrosa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T70681387A70681738. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T70681387A70681738.en. Downloaded on 15 November 2021.

Weigmann, S. 2016. Annotated checklist of the living sharks, batoids and chimaeras (Chondrichthyes) of the world, with a focus on biogeographical diversity. Journal of Fish Biology 88(3): 837–1037 https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12874

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CAAB Code:37031026

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:360-730 m

Habitat:Upper slope

Max Size:19 cm DW; 37 cm TL


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