Blue Skate, Notoraja azurea McEachran & Last 2008

Other Names: Blue Skate

Notoraja azurea. Source: CSIRO National Fish Collection. License: CC BY Attribution

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Blue Skate, Notoraja azurea McEachran & Last 2008

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Endemic to southern Australia, from the Solitary Islands, New South Wales, to off Perth Western Australia.


Assumed oviparous. Largest known female 64.5 cm total length (TL); smallest mature male 53.5 cm TL; smallest free-swimming individual 19.3 cm TL.

Species Citation

Notoraja azurea McEachran & Last 2008, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper No. 021: 156. Type locality: East of Seymour, Tasmania, 41°43'S, 148°38'E, depth 877-950 m.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Blue Skate, Notoraja azurea McEachran & Last 2008


James, K.C. & Ebert, D.A. 2015. Notoraja azurea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T195465A68637112. Downloaded on 13 April 2021.

Last, P.R., Stehmann, M.F.W., Séret, B. & Weigmann, S. 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. 

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

Last, P.R. & White, W.T. 2008. Family Rajidae. 108-124 pp. in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. 

McEachran, J.D. & Last, P.R. 2008. New deepwater skates of the genus Notoraja (Rajoidei: Arhynchobatidae) from southern Australia and the eastern Indian Ocean. pp. 155-172 in Last, P.R., White, W.T., Pogonoski, J.J. & Gledhill, D.C. (eds). Description of new Australian skates (Batoidea: Rajoidei). CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper No. 021: 1-181

Séret, B. & Last, P.R. 2009. Notoraja sapphira sp. n. (Rajoidei: Arhynchobatidae), a new deepwater skate from the slopes of the Norfolk Ridge (South-West Pacific). Zootaxa No. 2153: 24-34.

White, W. T., Last, P.R. & Mana, R.R. 2017. A new species of velvet skate, Notoraja sereti n. sp. (Rajiformes: Arhynchobatidae) from Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa 4244(2): 219-230.

Weigmann, S., Séret, B. & Stehmann, M.F.W. 2021. Notoraja hesperindica sp. nov., a new colorful deep-sea softnose skate (Elasmobranchii, Rajiformes, Arhynchobatidae) and first generic record from the western Indian Ocean. Marine Biodiversity 51: 35.

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CAAB Code:37031018

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:765-1440 m

Max Size:65 cm TL

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