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

Image copyrights: Salesjo, A

Size: 41 cm - 57 cm WD, 60 cm WD

Colour : Variable grey to sea blue above, mottled with golden brown spots,
ventral surface creamy white.

Disc rhomboid, about 1.2 times as broad as long; snout obtusely pointed; spiracles larger than eye; mouth nearly straight, a transverse row of 3 to 5 fleshy papillae on floor of mouth; tail slender, about 1.5 times as long as disc with usually 1 long serrated spine on its base, a long, low longitudinal fold on ventral side of tail from origin of spine backward. Several tubercular thorns in a medium row along back and on shoulders.

Synonym (s)
Dasyatis pastinacus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dasyatis ujo Rafinesque, 1810
Dasybatus pastinaca (Linnaeus, 1758)
Pastinaca laevis Gronow, 1854
Pastinaca olivacea Swainson, 1839
Raja pastinaca Linnaeus, 1758
Trygon pastinaca (Linnaeus, 1758)
Trygon vulgaris Risso, 1827
Trygon vulgaris pastinaca (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name (s)
• Blue Stingray
• Thirukay (Tamil)
• Common Stingray (English)
• Stingray (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
(Fisheries; gamefish; aquarium; flesh used for human consumption, skin for leather.

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine


• North West Coast INDIA
• East Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/

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