Age and Growth of the Round Stingray Urotrygon rogersi

paper8Published on 28. April 2014

Age and Growth of the Round Stingray Urotrygon rogersi, a Particularly Fast-Growing and Short-Lived Elasmobranch

Paola A. Mejía-Falla, Enric Cortés, Andrés F. Navia, Fernando A. Zapata


We examined the age and growth of Urotrygon rogersi on the Colombian coast of the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean by directly estimating age using vertebral centra. We verified annual deposition of growth increments with marginal increment analysis. Eight growth curves were fitted to four data sets defined on the basis of the reproductive cycle (unadjusted or adjusted for age at first band) and size variables (disc width or total length). Model performance was evaluated using Akaike’s Information Criterion (AIC), AIC weights and multi-model inference criteria. A two-phase growth function with adjusted age provided the best description of growth for females (based on five parameters, DW = 20.1 cm, k = 0.22 yr–1) and males (based on four and five parameters, DW = 15.5 cm, k = 0.65 yr–1). Median maturity of female and male U. rogersi is reached very fast (mean ± SE = 1.0 ± 0.1 year). This is the first age and growth study for a species of the genus Urotrygon and results indicate that U. rogersi attains a smaller maximum size and has a shorter lifespan and lower median age at maturity than species of closely related genera. These life history traits are in contrast with those typically reported for other elasmobranchs.

PLoS ONE 9(4): e96077. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0096077



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