Himantura leoparda

MANJAJI-MATSUMOTO & LAST, 2008



Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Dasyatidae

Reference of the original description
MANJAJI-MATSUMOTO, B.M. & LAST, P.R. (2008)
Himantura leoparda sp. nov., a new whipray (Myliobatoidei: Dasyatidae) from the Indo-Pacific. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 22: 293–302

Image of the original description

Dorsal view of: <i>Himantura leoparda</i> sp. nov., early juvenile paratype (CSIRO H 635–02, female 200 mm DW, preserved); In: MANJAJI-MATSUMOTO, B.M. & LAST, P.R. (2008): <i>Himantura leoparda</i> sp. nov., a new whipray (Myliobatoidei: Dasyatidae) from the Indo-Pacific. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 22: 293-302

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Himantura cf. leoparda



Description :


Citation: Himantura leoparda MANJAJI-MATSUMOTO & LAST, 2008: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 11/2018

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Himantura leoparda sp. nov., female holotype (CSIRO H 2903–01, 1105 mm DW, preserved): dorsal view; ventral view. In: MANJAJI-MATSUMOTO, B.M. & LAST, P.R. (2008): Himantura leoparda sp. nov., a new whipray (Myliobatoidei: Dasyatidae) from the Indo-Pacific. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 22: 293-302
Common names
eng Leopard whipray

Short Description
A species of Himantura distinguished by a combination of the following features: disc rhomboidal; preorbital snout moderately long, with a distinct apical lobe; lateral apices moderately angular to narrowly rounded; orbits moderately large, protruded slightly; dorsal surface entirely covered with moderately large dark brown polygonal spots in young, large (>550 mm DW) specimens with thick, dark brown irregular rings (often incomplete, leopard-like ‘spots’); tail of young with dark spots on each dorsolateral surface between base and sting; tail banded behind sting, with alternating dark and pale rings dorsally, uniformly pale ventrally. Primary denticle band forming a single row of enlarged, widely spaced, narrow, heart-shaped denticles; two prominent broad heart-shaped suprascapular denticles, preceded and followed by up to 9 and 5 smaller primary denticles, respectively; pectoral-fin radials 148–158; vertebral centra (excluding synarcual) 117–123; including synarcual 120–126. [3354].

Distribution
Indo-West Pacific: Africa to New Guinea, north to Thailand and south to Australia.
First record: 2017: Turkish coast (36°10′54.78″N; 35°48′1.96″E), live specimen, sandy bottom, 130–150 m depth, on 24 January 2016 [25031] Source: www.gbif.org

Size / Weight / Age
110.5 cm WD (female)

Habitat
benthopelagic; marine; depth range ? - 70 m [3354]

Remarks
64147

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
Cestoda
  • Anthocephalum meadowsi RUHNKE, CAIRA & COX, 2015 [22027]
  • Seussapex sp. [23959]
  • Tetragonocephalum passeyi JENSEN, 2005 [23959]
  • Tetragonocephalum sp. [23959]

Hirudinea
  • Pterobdella amara KABURAKI, 1921 [14676]