Platyrhina hyugaensis

Iwatsuki, Miyamoto & Nakaya, 2011

Hyuga fanray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rhinopristiformes Platyrhinidae

Reference of the original description
Iwatsuki, Y. & Miyamoto, K. & Nakaya, K. & Zhang, J. (2011)
A review of the genus Platyrhina (Chondrichthys: Platyrhinidae) from the northwestern Pacific, with descriptions of two new species. Zootaxa, 2738, 26–40

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Platyrhina hyugaensis
Holotype: MUFS: 21609; Paratype: FRLM: 29894; FRLM: 1711; MUFS: 26936; MUFS: 23255; MUFS: 23164; MUFS: 7272; MUFS: 5555; MUFS: 3553; MUFS: 3552; MUFS: 3551;

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Citation: Platyrhina hyugaensis Iwatsuki, Miyamoto & Nakaya, 2011: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 04/2024

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Platyrhina hyugaensis Iwatsuki, Miyamoto & Nakaya, 2011: MUFS 23164; paratype, 43.1 TL, female , Japan, Meitsu, Miyazaki © Iwatsuki, Yukio, Department of Marine Biology & Environmental Sciences, Miyazaki, Japan
Common names
Hyuga fanray

Short Description
This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following set of characters: a row of thorns (strongly hooked) on mid-dorsum of tail; a pair of thorns on anterior part of scapular region (apparent to touch in smallest specimen; 161 mm TL); thorns on orbital, nape and scapular regions not encircled by light yellow or white pigment; dorsal surface covered with minute dermal denticles of uniform size and shape, no obvious larger dermal denticles (smooth to touch) (Ref. 86259).

North Pacific: southern Japan.

According to local divers in Miyazaki, this species often occurs on very shallow sandy bottoms, at depths as shallow as ca. 1 m, in the summer season off the Nichinan Coast, Miyazaki. It is frequently captured by set net within a depth of ca. 50 m from early spring (March) to autumn (November). It was observed by a local fisherman and a fish merchant (pers.comm.), that this species was not included in almost daily set net catches (depth ca. 8-50 m) from November to March in 2007-2008 in northern Miyazaki (Kadokawa Bay) and southern Miyazaki (Meitsu, Nichinan Coast) which indicate that the species avoids lower sea temperatures in the winter season (Ref. 86259).

Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 43.1 cm TL (female)

Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 1 - 50 m (Ref. 86259)

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