Pastinachus ater

(Macleay, 1883)


Cowtail stingray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Dasyatidae

Reference of the original description
MaCleay, W. (1883)
Contribution to a knowledge of the fishes of New Guinea. No. III. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, ser. 1, 7: 585–598

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Pastinachus atrus, Pastinachus cf. atrus, Pastinachus sephen ater , Taeniura atra

Types
Pastinachus ater

Taeniura atra
Holotype: AMS: I.9762;


Description :


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Pastinachus ater (MACLEAY, 1883), ERB 1188, female, 63,2 cm DW, 133,2 cm TL, Kenya © Frederik H. Mollen (Elasmobranch Research Belgium)
Common names
eng Banana-tail Ray, eng Cowtail stingray, eng Fantail Ray, eng Feathertail Stingray, Guergunna, Weralli

Short Description
large, uniformly dark stingray with a dense band of blunt denticles over the central disc, very broad tail and flattened anteriorly, has a posteriorly located sting, the ventral skin fold is very deep but does not reach the tail apex [3365].

Distribution
Indo-West Pacific, widespread, Madagascar to New Caledonia [24880]

Biology
[24880] Litters of two pups [24880]

Size / Weight / Age
- 200 cm DW (exceeding 300 cm TL), born at ca. 18 cm DW [24880]

Habitat
demersal on continental and insular shelves, marine, brackish and freshwater [24880]

Remarks
shark-references Species-ID=14091;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
Monogenea
  • Monocotyle corali Chisholm, 1998 [29167]

Cestoda
  • Acanthobothrium chisholmae Campbell & Beveridge, 2002 [26821]
  • Acanthobothrium nanogravidum Zschoche, Caira & Fyler, 2011 [28741]
  • Anteropora sp. [23959]
  • Anthemobothrium sp. [23959]
  • Caulobothrium pedunculatum Coleman, Beveridge & Campbell, 2019 [27488]
  • Dollfusiella michiae (Southwell, 1929) [21816]
  • Flapocephalus sp. [23959]
  • Halysioncum reginae (Kuchta & Caira, 2010) [19536]
  • Halysioncum sp. [19536]
  • Oncomegas trimegacanthus Schaeffner & Beveridge, 2012 [15757] [21816]
  • Prochristianella butlerae Beveridge, 1990 [17404]
  • Prochristianella jensenae Schaeffner & Beveridge, 2012 [17404]
  • Shirleyrhynchus aetobatidis (Shipley & Hornell, 1906) Beveridge & Campbell, 1988 [21816]

Nematoda
  • Ascarophis sp. [29858]
  • Echinocephalus inserratus Moravec & Justine, 2021 [29858]
  • Hysterothylacium sp. [29858]
  • Mawsonascaris vulvolacinata Shamsi, Dang, Zhu & Nowak, 2019 [27409]

Copepoda
  • Caligus elasmobranchi Boxshall, 2018 [26229]