Plesiobatis daviesi

(Wallace, 1967)

Deepwater stingray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Plesiobatididae

Reference of the original description
Wallace, J.H. (1967)
The batoid fishes of the east coast of Southern Africa. Part II: Manta, Eagle, Duckbill, Cownose, Butterfly and Sting Rays. Investigational Report Oceanographic Research Institute, 16, 1–56

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Urolophus marmoratus., Urotrygon davesi, Urotrygon daviesi

Plesiobatis daviesi
Holotype: SAIAB: 7861 (old: ORI B865); Paratype: ORI: B867;
Urolophus marmoratus.
Holotype: SCSFRI: 428; Paratype: SFC: 6524; SFC: S0007; SFC: S07606;

Description :

Citation: Plesiobatis daviesi (Wallace, 1967): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2024

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Plesiobatis daviesi (Wallace, 1967), © Myers, R.F,
Common names
eng Davie"s stingray, eng Davies" sting ray, eng Deep water stingray, eng Deep-water stingray, eng Deepwater stingray, eng Giant stingaree, eng Giant stingree, por Ratão de profundidade

Short Description
A giant plain stingray with a broadly pointed snout, small eyes and a round disc; tail short with a long caudal fin and a narrow sting; upper surface covered with denticles [536]. Grey-black to brownish or purplish-brown above, white below; rear edges of pelvic fins and tail grey; disc edges black, and sting light [536].

Indo-Pacific: South Africa, Mozambique, southern India, east to the Philippines (Ref. 5281), north to Japan and south to Australia. Also reported from the Hawaiian Islands. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: medium; price reliability: unreliable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this order

Found on the outer shelf and upper slope [536], on soft bottoms [16824]. Feeds on small pelagic fish, eels, crabs, shrimp, lobsters, cephalopods and polychaete worms.

Size / Weight / Age
270 cm TL (male/unsexed; [20091])

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 44 - 780 m [17640], usually 275 - 680 m [16824]

shark-references Species-ID=10671;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Parachristianella monomegacantha Kruse, 1959 [16112]