Dasyatis jenkinsii   (Annandale,  1909) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Elasmobranchii

Color: Uniformly light brown above, creamy white below; tail in embryos and juveniles with alternating light and dark bands.

Disc broader than long; snout with a sharp point, 5.8 times disc length. Eye 2.4 times in interorbital distance. Spiracles close to eyes. Mouth feebly undulated, with four cutaneous processes on floor of mouth, a long one opposite each projection in lower jaw and a minute process near each corner of mouth. Nasal curtain very finely fringed. Tail 1.9 to 2.4 times longer than disc (when not mutilated), whip-like, without dorsal and ventral cutaneous folds, and with one or two serrated spines. Skin rough; a distinct band of closely spaced tubercles, about width of interspiracular distance, extends from in front of eyes to base of tail; remainder of disc and pelvic fins naked; 2 or 3 enlarged tubercles medially above shoulder region, more distinct in small tubercles.

Synonym (s)
Trygon jenkinsii Annandale, 1909
Dasyatis (Himantura) microps Misra, 1969

Common Name (s)
• Sharpnose Stingray (English)
• Senthirukkai (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Orissa INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Tamil Nadu, Kovalam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Porto Novo INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Radhakrisnan, EV; Kathirvel, M; Devarajan, K; Vijayakumaran, M; Poovannan, P; Thangavelu, R; Hameed, KS; Sankaralingam, S; Ramakrishnan, A and Thangar, VS (1989) An unusual congregation of organisms in the catches off Kovalam, Madras Marine fisheries information service ICAR 99 16-18 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Devadoss, P (1984) Nutritive values of sharks, skates and rays from Portonovo coast Indian Journal of Fisheries 31 (1) 156-161 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/440/

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