Murray's Skate, Bathyraja murrayi Günther 1880

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Murray's Skate, Bathyraja murrayi Günther 1880

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Known only from the Kerguelen Plateau, including the Heard & McDonald Island region, in the Australian EEZ. 


Taken as bycatch in commercial trawl fisheries.

Species Citation

Raja murrayi Günther 1880, Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger 1873–1876, Zoology 1(6): 15, pl. 5. Type locality: Kerguelen Island.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Murray's Skate, Bathyraja murrayi Günther 1880


Compagno, L.J.V. 1999. Checklist of living elasmobranchs. In, Hamlett, W.C. (ed.) Sharks, Skates, and Rays: the Biology of Elasmobranch Fishes. Baltimore & London : John Hopkins University Press 515 pp. (as Rhinoraja murrayi)

Günther, A. 1880. Report on the shore fishes procured during the voyage of H.M.S Challenger, in the years 1872–1876. Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger 1873–1876, Zoology 1(6): 1-82 pls 1-32 

Last, P.R., Séret, B., Stehmann, M.F.W. & Weigmann, S. 2016. 19. Skates. Family Rajidae. pp. 204-363 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. & Yearsley, G.K. 2002. Zoogeography and relationships of Australasian skates (Chondrichthyes: Rajidae). Journal of Biogeography 29(12): 1627-1641.

McEachran, J.D. & Dunn, K.A. 1998. Phylogenetic analysis of skates, a morphologically conservative clade of elasmobranchs (Chondrichthyes: Rajidae). Copeia 1998(2): 271-290.

Miller, R.G. 1993. History and atlas of the fishes of the Antarctic Ocean. Foresta Institute for Ocean and Mountain Studies. Carson City, Nevada. i-xx + 1-792.

Stehmann, M.F.W. 1986. Notes on the systematics of the rajid genus Bathyraja and its distribution in the world oceans. pp. 261-268 in Uyeno, T., Arai, R., Taniuchi, T. & Matsuura, K. (eds). Indo-Pacific Fish Biology. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Indo-Pacific Fishes.Tokyo : Ichthyological Society of Japan 985 pp.

Stehmann, M. & Bürkel, D.L. 1990. Family Rajidae. pp. 86-97 in Gon, O. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds). Fishes of the Southern Ocean. Grahamstown : J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology 462 pp.

Stehmann, M. & Huveneers, C. 2009. Rhinoraja murrayi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T161391A5413196. Downloaded on 13 July 2018.

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 Abstract

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37031048

Conservation:IUCN Near Threatened

Depth:20-1548 m

Max Size:60 cm TL

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