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Taeniura lessoni  Last, White & Naylorr, 2016

Oceania fantail ray
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Myliobatiformes (Stingrays) > Dasyatidae (Stingrays)
Etymology: Taeniura: Latin, taenia = stripe + Greek, oura = tail (Ref. 45335);  lessoni: Named for René Lesson, the the French scientist in the 19th century who once worked on members of this genus in Melanesia.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range ? - 18 m (Ref. 110363).   Tropical

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Central Pacific: Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, but possibly more widely distributed in Melanesia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - 20.9 cm
Max length : 20.9 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 110363); 22.0 cm WD (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

This small, blue-spotted stingray is distinguished by the following characters: absence of a pair of blue longitudinal stripes along the sides of the tail; uniformly pale ventral fold; absence of the dorsal fold but upper margin of tail with a firm, blunt ridge; a relatively short post-orbital disc (length from rear of orbit to pectoral-fin insertion 63-65% WD), with a relatively long horizontal snout length (20-21% DW) and prenasal length 14-16% DW, and prenasal length 1.5-1.9 times internasal width (Ref. 110363).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

This species probably occur mainly inshore, with types collected from surge channels in fringing coral reefs, to at least 18 m depth (Ref. 110363)..

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : McEachran, John | Collaborators

Last, P.R., W.T. White and G. Naylor, 2016. Three new stingrays (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae) from the Indo-West Pacific. Zootaxa 4147 (4):377-402. (Ref. 110363)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.6250   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.8   ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Very high vulnerability (90 of 100) .