Pateobatis fai

(JORDAN & SEALE, 1906)

Pink whipray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Dasyatidae

Reference of the original description
JORDAN, D.S. & SEALE, A. (1906)
The fishes of Samoa. Descriptions of the species found in the Archipelago, with a provisional check-list of the fishes of Oceania. Bulletin of the Bureau of Fisheries, 25: 175–455, figs 1–111, pls 38–53

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Pateobatis fai (JORDAN & SEALE, 1906)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Himantura fai

Pateobatis fai

Himantura fai
Holotype: USNM: 51712

Description :

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Pateobatis fai (JORDAN & SEALE, 1906), Moorea © Julia Spaet
Common names
eng Pink whip ray, eng Pink whipray

Short Description
Uniformly tan to brownish pink dorsally. Inhabits lagoon and seaward sand flats from the intertidal to at least 200 m. Occurs in large aggregations (Ref. 37816).

Indo-Pacific: possibly widespread from South Africa to Micronesia. Possible synonym of Himantura gerrardi. Frequently confused with Himantura jenkinsii (Ref. 9840). First records: 2012: Persian Gulf, at Mina Zayed fish market quayside, Abu Dhabi [16482]; Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: low; price reliability: very questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this family

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]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Size at birth ~ 55 cm WD [2539]. Found on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154).

Size / Weight / Age
183 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637)); max. published weight: 18.5 kg (Ref. 40637)

reef-associated; marine

shark-references Species-ID=14656;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Dollfusiella spinulifera (BEVERIDGE & JONES, 2000) [7371] [16112]
  • Pterobothrium platycephalum (SHIPLEY & HORNELL, 1906) DOLLFUS, 1930 [15789]

  • Gnathia grandilaris COETZEE, SMIT, GRUTTER & DAVIES, 2008 [21221]