Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes
(Skates and rays) > Rajidae
Etymology: Dipturus: Greek, di = two + Greek, pteryx = fin (Ref. 45335); wengi: Named for Mr. Herman Weng, a Queensland fisheries biologist. More on authors: Séret & Last.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 486 - 1049 m (Ref. 75647), usually 600 - 1000 m (Ref. 114953). Temperate; 16°S - 44°S, 143°E - 156°E (Ref. 114953)
Western Pacific to Southwest Pacific: Queensland to Tasmania (Australia) (Ref. 114953).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 112 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75647); 128.0 cm TL (female)
Occurs on the continental slope off tropical and temperate eastern Australia (Ref. 75647). Adults mainly feed on bony fishes (Ref. 114953). Lengths of adolescent males recorded 108.1-112.2 cm TL, smallest juvenile 25.2 cm TL (Ref. 75647).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Seret, B. and P.R. Last, 2008. A new Australian skate of the genus Dipturus (Rajoidei: Rajidae). In Last, P.R., W.T. Whiteman, J.J. Pogonoski and D.C. Gledhill (eds.) : Description of new Australian skates (Batoidea: Rajoidei) pg. 99-108. CSIRO marine and atmospheric research paper no. 021. (Ref. 75647)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 1.9 - 8.7, mean 6.7 °C (based on 239 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00309 (0.00145 - 0.00660), b=3.22 (3.04 - 3.40), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (66 of 100) .