Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Myliobatiformes
(Stingrays) > Urolophidae
Etymology: Urolophus: Greek, oura = tail + Greek, lophos = crest (Ref. 45335); piperatus: piperatus meaning pepper, in reference to the dark flecks scattered on the dorsal side of the disc (Ref. 51067).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 171 - 370 m (Ref. 51067). Deep-water
Western Central Pacific: northern Queensland, Australia.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 23 - ? cm
Max length : 48.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 51067)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 146 - 156. Weakly rhomboidal disc, width 66.7-70.0% total length; rather long tail, postcoacal length 45.3-47.7% total length; medium snout (preorbital length 13.3-16.3% total length); broad, cartilaginous interorbit 3.8-4.6% total length; internasal flap skirt-shaped, diverging slightly; posterior angle of nasal curtain with a short, pointed lobe; inner margin of spiracle oblique; no tail fold; small dorsal fin; apices of pelvic fins angular; 7-9 oral papillae; 98-108 pectoral fin radials; 32-35 tooth rows in upper jaw; dorsal surface pale brown to grey, often with fine black spots (Ref. 51067).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Séret, B. and P. Last, 2003. Description of four new stingarees of the genus Urolophus (Batoidea: Urolophidae) from the Coral Sea, South-West Pacific. Cybium 27(4):307-320. (Ref. 51067)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 18.4 - 21.4, mean 18.9 (based on 13 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00871 (0.00265 - 0.02867), b=3.03 (2.77 - 3.29), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.4 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
): High to very high vulnerability (67 of 100) .