Taeniura melanospila   Bleeker  1853 (Fish)
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Class: Elasmobranchii

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Size: Disc length 147 cm; disc width 17 cm

Color: Upper surface of disc bluish gray mottled with black spots and blotches of irregular size which often coalesce with one another; lower surface of disc creamy white; ventral fold of tail black.

Disc almost circular, 1.1 times wider than long. Eyes prominent but small, 2 times in interorbital distance. Spiracles dorsolaterally situated, larger than eyes. Mouth curved, with 2 or 3 buccal processes. Tail stout, slightly longer than disc, with 1 or 2 serrated spines inserted near its midpoint; a ventral cutaneous fold extends from below anterior end of serrated spine to tip of tail. Dorsal surface of disc rough.

Synonym (s)
Taeniura melanospilos Bleeker 1853
Taeniura melanospilos Day 1878

Common Name (s)
• Fantail Ray (English)
• Giluga Tirike (Telugu)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial



• Tamil Nadu, Chennai (Lat: 13.09) (Long: 80.29) INDIA
• East Coast INDIA (Record: 1984)
• SRI LANKA (Record: 1984)
• MADAGASCAR (Record: 1984)
• Red Sea (Record: 1984)

Literature Source(s)
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, DVS (2005) Comprehensive review of the records of the biota of the Indian Seas and the introduction of non-indigenous species Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. 15(2) 117-146 Available at - http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aqc.659
  • Kemp, JM (1998) Zoogeography of the coral reef fishes of the Socotra Archipelago Journal of Biogeography 25 919-933
  • 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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