Australian Museum Journal Studies in ichthyology. No. 4

Shortform:
Whitley, 1931, Rec. Aust. Mus. 18(3): 96–134
Author(s):
Whitley, Gilbert P.
Year published:
1931
Title:
Studies in ichthyology. No. 4
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
18
Issue:
3
Start page:
96
End page:
134
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.18.1931.720
Language:
English
Plates:
plates xi–xvi
Date published:
25 March 1931
Cover date:
25 March 1931
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
05 February 2009
Available online:
05 March 2009
Reference number:
720
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (96kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (6317kb PDF)

Abstract

[Excerpt from p. 98]. When illustrations of Red Sea, Singapore, Australian, and Pacific specimens of Taeniura lymnia are compared, slight differences of shape, coloration and size of eyes are noticeable. Perhaps comparison of a series of specimens from diverse localities would show variations of subspecific or even specific value because actual specimens generally differ more than their illustrations; but I am unable to make aut optical comparisons in this case and accordingly use T. lymnia as the earliest binomial name for this stingray. The teeth of a topotypical example figured in Riippell's "Neue Wirbelthiere" are notably sharper than in my specimens so that, should further differences be discovered, the Australian form may be called Taeniura halgani (Lesson). An excellent illustration of a specimen nine inches in width, from Murray Island, Queensland, was given by McCulloch, whilst a newborn example collected by Mr. M. Ward in the Whitsunday Passage, Queensland, is figured here.