Taeniura meyeni   Muller & Henle,  1841 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Elasmobranchii
Order:Rajiformes
Family:Dasyatidae

Description
Size: 180 cm -330 cm

Color: Dorsal side is bluish grey mottled with black and white spots and blotches.

Disc circular; eyes small with protective horny cover; spiracles dorso-laterally
situated and larger than eyes; tail 1.9 times the length of the disc and has a
membraneous fold at the distal half. Spine present opposite to membraneous fold at the upper surface. and a deep and prominent ventral skin fold that extends to the tail tip.
Ovoviviparous.


Synonym (s)
Taeniura melanospila Bleeker, 1853
Taeniura melanospilos Bleeker, 1853
Taeniura meyemi Muller & Henle, 1841
(Misspelling)
Taeniura mortoni Macleay, 1883

Common Name (s)
• Blotched Fantail Ray (English)
• Round Ribbontail Ray (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
(Game fish, aquarium fish and consumed in fresh and salt-cured form
Venomous)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Prey:  Fish, bivalves, crabs and shrimps.
IUCN Status:  Vulnerable

Biogeography


• Red Sea
• East Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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


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