Yellowback Stingaree, Urolophus sufflavus Whitley 1929

Other Names: Yellow-back Stingaree, Yellow-backed Stingaree

Yellowback Stingaree, Urolophus sufflavus. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

Maximum total length at least 42 cm, with males maturing at about 23 cm. A little-known but locally common offshore stingaree of the east coast of Australia. Found on the bottom at depths of 45 to 300 m, but mostly on the outer continental shelf at depths of 100 to 160 m. Biology little known, occasionally utilized in the area. 

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Yellowback Stingaree, Urolophus sufflavus Whitley 1929

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Endemic to eastern Australia from off Stradbroke Island, Queensland, to off Green Cape, southern New South Wales. Inhabits soft substrates on the continental shelf and upper slope at depths of 45-300 m (mostly in 100-160 m). 


Size at first maturity ~23 cm TL; fecundity is low - one female examined had two embryos, one in each uterus.


Taken and discarded as bycatch in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) off eastern Australia.


Whitley proposed the name Urolophus sufflavus as a new name for "Urolophus aurantiacus?" McCulloch (1916) "which is specifically separable from the Japanese U. aurantiacus Miiller & Henle".


The specific name is from the Latin sufflavus (= yellowish) in reference to the uniform yellowish colour of the upper side - "Yellow-backed Stingaree).

Species Citation

Urolophus sufflavus Whitley 1929, Aust. Zool. 5(4): 354. Type locality: Between Port Hacking and Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, depth 40-70 fathoms.


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Yellowback Stingaree, Urolophus sufflavus Whitley 1929


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CAAB Code:37038005

Conservation:IUCN Vulnerable

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:45-320 m

Max Size:42 cm TL


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