Trygonorrhina melaleuca

Scott, 1954


Magpie fiddler ray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rhinopristiformes Trygonorrhinidae

Reference of the original description
Scott, T.D. (1954)
Four new fishes from South Australia. Records of the South Australian Museum, 11(2): 105–112, Pl. 22.

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Types
Trygonorrhina melaleuca
Holotype: SAMA: F 2769;


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Citation: Trygonorrhina melaleuca Scott, 1954: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 12/2021

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Common names
eng Black and white fiddler ray, eng Magpie fiddler, eng Magpie fiddler ray

Distribution
Eastern Indian Ocean: known only from a few specimens taken in St. Vincent"quot;s Gulf, South Australia. Very rare and possibly a mutant form of Trygonorrhina fasciata.

Biology
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]. Found on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154).

Size / Weight / Age
90.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [1388])

Habitat
demersal; marine