Dasyatis marmorata

(Steindachner, 1892)

Marbled stingray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Dasyatidae

Reference of the original description
Steindachner, F. (1892)
Über einige neue und seltene Fischarten aus der ichthyologischen Sammlung des k. k. naturhistorischen Hofmuseums. Denkschriften der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Mathematisch–Naturwissenschaftliche Classe, 59, 357–384

Image of the original description

Dasyatis marmorata (Steindachner, 1892)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Dasyatis cf. marmorata, Dasyatis chrysonota marmorata, Dasyatis marmorata pastinaca, Dasyatis pastinaca marmorata, Dasyatis (Trygon) marmorata, Trygon marmorata pastinaca, Trygon pastinaca marmorata

Dasyatis marmorata
Holotype: NMW: 89680;
Trygon marmorata pastinaca
Holotype: NMW: 89680;

Description :

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Dasyatis marmorata (Steindachner, 1892), (ERB 1121), female, 46, 9 cm DW, 89, 4 cm TL, Turkey © Frederik H. Mollen (Elasmobranch Research Belgium)
Common names
spa Chucho, spa Rayalátigo jaspeada, fra \(T\) Pastenague marbrée, eng Marbled stingray, eng Stingray

Short Description
Conspicuous bright blue blotches and branching lines on a golden brown disc; snout and disc angular, and tail less than twice body length with a short upper caudal finfold, and a longer lower one falling far in front of tail tip; disc without thorns; usually one sting [536]. Underside white, tail darker and without bands [536].

Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea: Morocco, Mauritania to Congo [15562]. Range extends to Natal, South Africa [536]. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest; gamefish: yes

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 specialised structures [733]. With 1 to 4 in a litter [1658]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Feeds on fish, benthic and planktonic organisms [536].

Size / Weight / Age
60.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 4438))

demersal; marine; depth range 12 - 65 m (Ref. 4438)

shark-references Species-ID=1850;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Dendromonocotyle octodiscus Hargis, 1955 [17437] [9445]
  • Heterocotyle pastinacae Scott, 1904 [31118]
  • Heterocotyle scotti Neifar, Euzet & Ben Hassine, 1998 [31118]
  • Merizocotyle concinna (Scott, 1904) Chisholm, Wheeler & Beverley-Burton, 1995 [31118]
  • Neoentobdella diadema (Monticelli, 1902) Kearn & Whittington, 2005 [31118]
  • Trimusculotrema micracantha (Euzet & Maillard, 1967) [31118]

  • Dollfusiella aculeata Beveridge, Neifar & Euzel, 2004 [16112]
  • Lecanicephalum sp. [23959]
  • Scalithrium minimum (Van Beneden, 1850) [16313]