Styracura pacifica

(Beebe & Tee-Van, 1941)

Pacific chupare
Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Potamotrygonidae

Reference of the original description
Beebe, W. & Tee-Van, J. (1941)
Eastern Pacific expeditions of the New York Zoological Society. XXVIII. Fishes from the tropical eastern Pacific. [From Cedros Island, Lower California, south to the Galápagos Islands and northern Peru.] Part 3. Rays, Mantas and Chimaeras. Zoologica, Scientific Contributions of the New York Zoological Society, 26(3), 245–280

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Dasyatis pacificus, Hemitrygon pacifica, Himantura pacifica

Styracura pacifica

Himantura pacifica
Holotype: AMNH: 15710SD; AMNH: 15663; AMNH: 15662; AMNH: 15661;

Description :

Citation: Styracura pacifica (Beebe & Tee-Van, 1941): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Common names
spa Chupare del Pacífico, spa Raya coludadel Pacifico, spa Raya del Pacífico, fra \(T\) Pastenague du Pacifique, eng Pacific chupare, eng Pacific whip ray, eng Pacific whiptail stingray

Eastern Pacific: Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands. Validity of this species questioned in Compagno"quot;s 1999 checklist [529]. Source:

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 / Weight / Age
150 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 9254))

demersal; marine

shark-references Species-ID=14708;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Acanthobothroides pacificus Marques, Brooks & Ureña, 1996 [7630] [649] [16969]
  • Anindobothrium carrioni Trevisan, Primon & Marques, 2017 [25818]
  • Parachristianella campbelli Schaeffner & Marques, 2018 [26286]
  • Parachristianella parva Campbell & Beveridge, 2007 [26286]
  • Rhinebothrium geminum Marques, Brooks & Ureña, 1996 [7630] [649] [16969]
  • Rhinoptericola panamensis (Schaeffner, 2016) [24246]

  • Echinocephalus janzeni Hoberg, Brooks, Molina-Ureña & Erbe, 1998 [7580] [649] [16969] [31368]
  • Echinocephalus jenzeni Hoberg, Brooks, Molina & Erbe, 1998 [23771]