Animal Species:Pink Whipray, Himantura fai Jordan & Seale, 1906

The Pink Whipray is a large ray with a long, slender tail.  It is brownish-pink above.  The species is often seen in aggregations in shallow water.

Pink Whipray, Himantura fai

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Standard Common Name

Pink Whipray

Identification

The lower surface is pale.  The head and trunk are covered with short, widely-spaced denticles.

Size range

To at least 1.84 m in length.

Distribution

Widespread through the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Himantura fai

Habitat

It is usually encountered in shallow coastal waters but has been recorded as deep as 200 m.

Danger to humans and first aid

The species has a sting on the tail but is not regarded as dangerous.

Classification

Species:
fai
Genus:
Himantura
Family:
Dasyatidae
Order:
Myliobatiformes
Class:
Chondrichthyes
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Edition 2. CSIRO. Pp. 644, Pl. 1-91.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Pink Whipray, Himantura fai, Dasyatidae, fishes, ichthyology, marine, > 1 m, pink, brown, pale,