Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes
(Skates and rays) > Rajidae
(Skates) > Rajinae
Etymology: Dipturus: Greek, di = two + Greek, pteryx = fin (Ref. 45335); apricus: Name from Latin 'apricus' meaning exposed to the sun, in cryptic reference to its common name.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 196 - 606 m (Ref. 75649), usually 300 - 500 m (Ref. 75649). Deep-water; 14°S - 21°S, 145°E - 153°E (Ref. 114953)
Western Central Pacific: off Queensland, Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 65.9 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75649); 76.5 cm TL (female)
Inhabits outer continental shelf and upper slope. Probably feeds on small bony fishes (Ref. 114953). Observed lengths of adolescent males between ca. 47.0 (tail tip damaged) and 64.4 cm TL, smallest juvenile 15.0 cm TL (Ref. 75649) to 17 cm TL (Ref. 114953).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Last, P.R., W.T. White and J.J. Pogonoski, 2008. New skates of the genus Dipturus (Rajoidei: Rajidae) from Australian Seas. pp. 9-52. In Last, P.R., W.T. White, J.J. Pogonoski and D.C. Gledhill (eds.): Descriptions of new Australian skates (Batoidea: Rajoidei) pg. 9-51. CSIRO marine and atmospheric reseach paper no. 021. (Ref. 75649)
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
): 9.3 - 17.3, mean 13.3 (based on 41 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00275 (0.00122 - 0.00623), b=3.23 (3.04 - 3.42), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (52 of 100) .