Narcine leoparda

Carvalho, 2001

Classification: Elasmobranchii Torpediniformes Narcinidae

Reference of the original description
de Carvalho, M.R. (2001)
A new species of electric ray, Narcine leoparda, from the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean (Chondrichthyes: Torpediniformes: Narcinidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 114(3), 561–573

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Narcine leoparda
Holotype: USNM: 222200; Paratype: USNM: 222500; USNM: 222498; USNM: 222199; USNM: 222198; USNM: 235519;

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Citation: Narcine leoparda Carvalho, 2001: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2022

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Narcine leoparda CARVALHO, 2001, eastern Pacific © Maribel Carrera
Short Description
Original diagnose after CARVALHO, 2001 [3832]: A species of Narcine distiguished from all others by its unique dorsal coloration composed of numerous small white to creamy-white spots and/or ocelli on disc and dorsal and caudal fins, over a reddish-brown or brown background. Additional characters that in combination diagnose this new species include: tail length shorter than disc width or length, upper and lower external tooth bands subequal in width, spiracles with smooth rims devoid of external papillae, second dorsal fin usually slightly larger than first in both height and length of base, and lateral tail folds originating under level of first dorsal fin base.

Southeast Pacific: Colombia [3832]; first record (2015): [22369]: off the coast of Manta, Ecuador; (2015): [23609]: Manta and Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador;

Size / Weight / Age
163-277 mm TL, males probably mature at around 180 mm TL [3832]

demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 17 m [3832]

Original diagnose after CARVALHO, 2001 [3832]: Teeth in 12/8-16/12 exposed rows in specimens about 17 5 mm total length or larger, but a 146 mm total length female has 11/13 exposed teeth rows. Teeth relatively small, set in quincunx arrangement and with single, sharp cusp, even on small specimens (e.g., 146 mm TL specimen); inner rows with very sharp teeth. Crowns wider-than-long at bases; tooth bases roughly sub-circular.

shark-references Species-ID=4038;