Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Torpediniformes
(Electric rays) > Narcinidae
Etymology: Narcine: Greek, narke = numbness (Ref. 45335); lasti: Named for Dr. Peter R. Last, in recognition of his studies in the taxonomy and distribution of Australian elasmobranchs.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 178 - 350 m (Ref. 75154). Tropical
Eastern Indian Ocean: Australia (Western Australia to off the Northern Territory) and Arafura Sea (SE Indonesia, south of Tanimbar I.)..
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - 24 cm
Max length : 36.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 93928)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species is distinguished by the following characters: tail length as measured from cloaca much longer than disc width or length (means: tail length 53.7% of TL, vs. disc width 40.3% of TL and disc length 42.1% TL); nasal curtain much wider than long; colour pattern dorsally uniform light yellowish-brown, which is also present over preorbital snout region, no distinctive spotting or markings over disc and tail; low and inconspicuous lateral tail ridge, not resembling a distinct fold; mean preorbital snout length just over 10% of TL (Ref. 93928).
Usually found over sandy and muddy bottoms (Ref. 93928).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
de Carvalho, M.R. and B. Séret, 2002. Narcine lasti: a new species of numbfish from Western Australia and Indonesia (Chondrichthyes: Torpediniformes: Narcinidae). Rec. Western Australia Mus. 20:393-408. (Ref. 93928)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 13.2 - 17.5, mean 15.6 (based on 19 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01047 (0.00386 - 0.02839), b=2.87 (2.64 - 3.10), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming fecundity<100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (19 of 100) .