Taeniurops meyeni

(Müller & Henle, 1841)

Blotched fantail ray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Dasyatidae

Reference of the original description
Müller, J. & Henle, F.G.J. (1841)
Systematische Beschreibung der Plagiostomen. Berlin, Veit, pp. 1–200

Image of the original description

Taeniurops meyeni (Müller & Henle, 1841)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Dasyatis melanospila, Taeniura melanospila, Taeniura melanospiles, Taeniura melanospilos, Taeniura meyeni, Taeniura mortoni

Taeniurops meyeni

Taeniura melanospilos
Holotype: RMNH: 7453
Taeniura meyeni
Syntype: MNHN: 2428; ZMB: 4660
Taeniura mortoni
Holotype: AMS: lost;

Description :

Citation: Taeniurops meyeni (Müller & Henle, 1841): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 04/2024

Please send your images of "Taeniurops meyeni" to info@shark-references.com

Taeniurops meyeni (Müller & Henle, 1841), ERB 1213, female, 30, 6 cm DW, 53, 6 cm TL, Kenya © Frederik H. Mollen (Elasmobranch Research Belgium)
Common names
spa Raya manchada, spa Sartén marmoleado, fra \(T\) Pastenague à taches noires, fra \(T\) Pastenague éventail, fra \(T\) Raie brisant, fra \(T\) Raie noire, fra \(T\) Raie à tache noire, eng Black spotted ray, eng Black-blotched stingray, eng Black-spotted stingray, eng Blotched fantail ray, eng Fantail ray, eng Fantail stingray, eng Giant reef gray, eng Giant reef ray, eng Round ribbontail ray, eng Speckled stingray, por Ratão cauda redonda

Short Description
A large stingray with a circular disc, no thorns, a black and white mottled upper surface, and a deep and prominent ventral skin fold that extends to the tail tip [1388].

Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to southern Japan, Micronesia, tropical Australia and Lord Howe Island. Eastern Pacific: known only from oceanic islands (Cocos and the Galapagos) but because of sheer number, individuals may colonize the Central America mainland [16090]. More widely known as Taeniura melanospila Bleeker 1853, a junior synonym based on the description of a juvenile specimen.

Human uses
fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes

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]. With up to 7 in a litter [1388] [1658]. Inhabits sandy areas in coral reefs [17641]. A carnivore [17641].

Size / Weight / Age
330 cm TL (male/unsexed; [20218]); max. published weight: 150.0 kg [20053]

reef-associated; marine; depth range ? - 500 m (Ref. 37816), usually 20 - 60 m [20218]

shark-references Species-ID=10240;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Pterobothrium minimum (Linstow, 1904) [16283] [16112]
  • Tetrarhynchobothrium unionifactor (Shipley & Hornell, 1904) [16112]

  • Echinocephalus overstreeti Deardorff & Ko, 1983 [7404]
  • Echinocephalus sinensis Ko, 1975 [7404]
  • Mawsonascaris pastinacae (Rudolphi, 1819) [17029]
  • Neoterranova scoliodontis (Baylis, 1931) [7404]

  • Eudactylina dasyati Izawa, 2011 [14349]
  • Eudactylina taeniuri Izawa, 2011 [14349]
  • Eudactylinella alba Wilson, 1932 [14314]

  • Pontobdella macrothela (Schimarda, 1861) [16519]