Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes
(Skates and rays) > Rajidae
Etymology: Leucoraja: Greek, leykos = white + Latin, raja = a fish, Raja sp. (Ref. 45335); elaineae: Named for Elaine Heemstra, for her enormous contributions in illustrating marine fishes, mostly from the Western Indian Ocean..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range ? - 484 m (Ref. 121922). Tropical
Western Indian Ocean: Kenya.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 33.0 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: an elongated, pronounced snout; simple dorsal color patterning of paired white spots and a single distinct ocelli at the mid-base of each pectoral fin, absence of tail bands or crossbars; dorsal fins not confluent, predorsal vertebral count 107; pectoral fin radial count 77 (Ref. 121922).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ebert, D.A. and R.W. Leslie, 2019. Leucoraja elaineae sp. nov., a new rough skate (Rajiformes: Rajidae) from the Western Indian Ocean. Zootaxa 4691(3):225-234. (Ref. 121922)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= No PD50 data [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.1 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary low fecundity).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (23 of 100).