Gymnura micrura   (Bloch & Schneider,  1801) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Elasmobranchii

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Size: Max length 137 cm WD; common length 90 cm WD male/unsexed.

Color: Upper surface gray, brown, light green or purple with round spots. Lower surface white.

Broad, diamond-shaped ray with a very short tail lacking a dorsal spine. The disc is broad and its length is 2-2.2 times of width. Snout is obtuse and protruding. Front edges of disk concave. Tail with low dorsal and ventral finfolds and 3-4 dark crossbars; slender being 1.3-1.4 times of disc length with a small weak serrated spine. Spiracles opens upward, larger and close behind eyes. Dorsal, anal and caudal fins are absent.

Dioecious, internal (oviduct), internal live bearers. Ovoviparous (aplacental viviparity), with embryos feeding initially on yolk, then receiving additional nourishment from the mother by indirect absorption of uterine fluid enriched with mucus, fat or protein through specialised structures. Distinct pairing with embrace.

Synonym (s)
Gymnura micura (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
(Senior synonym)
Pteroplatea micrura (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
(Senior synonym)
Raja micrura Bloch & Schneider, 1801
(Senior synonym)
Gymnura micura (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Common Name (s)
• Short Tailed Butterfly Ray (English)
• Short Tailed Lesser Butterfly Ray (English)
• Skeete (English)
• Smooth Butterfly Ray (English)
• Thappu Thirandi (Malayalam)
• Butterfly Ray (English)
• Diamond Skate (English)
• Lesser Butterfly Ray (English)
• Sankuch
• Shewta (Marathi)
• Peroom Tirik (Tamil)
• Tappor Kotti Tirike (Tamil)
• Tenkee Kunsal (Telugu)
• Tappu Cooti (Telugu)
• Chamali (Marathi)
• Pakat (Marathi)
• Perum - Tirike (Malayalam)
• Tappor kooti Tiriki (Malayalam)
• Advani - Tiriki (Tamil)
• Tenkee Kunsul (Telugu)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Flesh is used for human consumption in fresh or salt cured form.)

Habitat:  Demersal
Trophic Level:  Tertiary Consumer
Prey:  Fish, shrimps, bivalve molluscs, crustaceans including mysids, shrimps, crabs, ray-finned fishes and sedentary polychaetes
IUCN Status:  Data Deficient


• Pondicherry (Lat: 11.93) (Long: 79.85) INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lagoon INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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