Dasyatis pastinacus   (Linnaeus)  1758 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Elasmobranchii

Size: 410 mm disc width

Color: Variable, gray to sea blue on upper surface, mottled with golden brown spots which coalesce towards perimeter of disc; ventral surface creamy white.

Disc 1.2 times broader than long; snout obtusely pointed. Eyes protrude well above level of disc; spiracles larger than eyes and more widely spaced. Mouth small, with 5 fleshy papillae in a transverse series on floor of mouth. Tail short, with a low dorsal cutaneous fold, 1.5 times longer than disc, depressed dorso-ventrally anterior to tail-spine thereafter cylindrical and whip-like. Upper surface of disc smooth, devoid of any tubercles, ventral surface mainly smooth but sometimes a few small widely spaced dermal denticles occur near anterior margin of disc.

Synonym (s)
Raja pastinaca Linnaeus 1758
Dasyatis (Himantura) pastinaca Misra 1969

Common Name (s)
• Blue Stingray (English)
• Thirukay (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial



• INDIA (Record: 1984)

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

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