Dasyatis bleekeri   (Blyth)  1860 (Fish)
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Class: Elasmobranchii

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Size: 105 cm disc width

Weight: 21 kg

Color: Uniform dark brown above, ventral surface white.

Disc subrhomboidal, longer than broad. Mouth strongly waved, with two long buccal processes nearer to one another than to mouth angle. Spiracles considerably larger than eyes. Tail whip-like, more than 3 times length of disc, without upper and lower cutaneous folds, with one serrated spine. Large round tubercle in middle of back, and usually 3 smaller ones before and 3 more behind; others along upper surface of tail to caudal spine.

Synonym (s)
Trygon bleekeri Blyth 1891
Dasyatis (Pastinachus) sephen Misra 1969

Common Name (s)
• Whiptail Stingray (English)
• Seman Tirike (Tamil)
• Pakat (Marathi)
• Chamli (Marathi)
• White Tail Sting Ray (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Coastal


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Goa, Marmagao Bay INDIA
• East Coast INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Palk Bay INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Tamil Nadu INDIA (Record: 1998)
• Kerala INDIA (Record: 1998)

Literature Source(s)
  • Subba Rao, NV and Sastry, DRK (2005) Fauna of Marine National Park, Gulf of Kuchchh (Gujarat) ZSI 79 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Ansari, ZA; Chatterji, A; Ingole, BS; Sreepada, RA; Rivonkar, CU and Parulekar, AH (1995) Community structure and seasonal variation of an inshore demersal fish community at Goa, west coast of India Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 41 593-610 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Hanfee, F (1999) Management of shark fisheries in two Indian coastal states: Tamil Nadu and Kerala Case studies of the management of elasmobranch fisheries. FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. No. 378 Rome, FAO Part 1 (11) Available at - http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/X2097E/X2097E14.htm#ch11.

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