Dasyatis microps   (Annandale,  1908) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Elasmobranchii

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Size: Max length 250 cm - 320 cm TL; max disc width 180 cm

Color: Whitish, dorsal surface of disc suffused with rosy pink, without definite markings. Tail gray above, darker terminally.

Disc rhomboid, about 1.2 times wider than long; snout convexly rounded, slightly projecting, 2.1 times in interorbital distance. Eyes very small, dark in color, about 10 times in snout length and 5.5 times in interorbital distance. Mouth large, with five buccal processes on floor of mouth. Tail short, nearly as long as length of disc, with a large spine; tail without dorsal and ventral longitudinal cutaneous folds. Skin soft, delicate, without enlarged tubercles on disc, bearing numerous minute spiny denticles.

Dioecious, internal (oviduct) fertilization, internal live bearers. Exhibit ovoviparity (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 specialized structures. Distinct pairing with embrace.

Synonym (s)
Trygon microps Annandale, 1908
Dasyatis (Himantura) jenkinsii Misra, 1969
Dasyatis microps (Annandale, 1908)
(Senior synonym)
Trygon microps Annandale, 1908
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Annandale's Stingray (English)
• Small- Eye Stingray (English)
• Sembatathan Thirukkai (Tamil)
• Common Sting Ray (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries; utilized for its meat, cartilage and probably also its skin.)

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine, Coastal


• East Coast INDIA
• West Bengal INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh 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
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org
  • Dr. Kumaraguru, AK (2000) Studies on socioeconomics of Coral Reef resource users in the Gulf of Mannar coast, South India Centre for Marine and Coastal studies School of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India Available at - http://planningcommission.nic.in/reports/sereport/ser/stdy_coral.pdf
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  • Raje, SG; Sivakami, S; Mohanraj, G; Manoj Kumar, PP; Raju, A and Joshi, KK (2007) An atlas on the Elasmobranch fishery resources of India CMFRI Special publication CMFRI, Cochin, India. 95 253pp Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/4056/1/Special_Publn_95.pdf
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at - eprints.cmfri.org.in/3975/1/Special_Publication_No_12_Revised.pdf

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