Pateobatis hortlei


Hortle's whipray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Dasyatidae

Reference of the original description
Himantura hortlei n. sp., a new species of whipray (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae) from Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Zootaxa, 1239: 19–34

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Himantura hortlei

Pateobatis hortlei

Himantura hortlei
Holotype: CSIRO: H 5155-01; Paratype: CSIRO: H 5980-06; CSIRO: H 5981-04; CSIRO: H 5980-05; CSIRO: H 5977-02; CSIRO: H 5977-01; CSIRO: H 5285-01; CSIRO: H 4917-01; CSIRO: H 4916-01; CSIRO: H 4915-01; CSIRO: H 4549-02;

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Citation: Pateobatis hortlei (LAST, MANJAJI-MATSUMOTO & KAILOLA, 2006): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 05/2019

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Common names
eng Hortle"s whipray

Short Description
Distinguished by the following combination of characters: subcircular disc, very angular anteriorly, length 1.1 times DW; pectoral-fin apices broadly rounded; snout extremely elongate, 11-18 times orbit diameter, 96-99° angle; snout to maximum disc width 52-58% of DW; orbit very small, diameter 0.4-0.5 of spiracle length, 3.8-6.3 times in interorbital distance; mouth not greatly protrusible; prepelvic process not expanded; 1-3 enlarged, flattened, pearl-shaped mid-scapular denticles; denticles of main band in two main sizes in adults, crowns plate-like to heart-shaped; dorsal disc uniformly yellowish, brownish, or greyish; ventral surface of adults usually canary yellow in fresh material, often black around oronasal region and gill slits; pectoral fin radials 135-143; pelvic-fin radials 22-28; total vertebral centra 99-108 (Ref. 58025).

Western Pacific: Southern Irian Jaya and possibly adjacent Papua New Guinea. Source:

Human uses

Size / Weight / Age
70.7 cm WD (male/unsexed; (Ref. 58025)); 65.4 cm WD (female)

demersal; brackish; marine; depth range 2 - 7 m (Ref. 58025)

shark-references Species-ID=14657;