Animal Species:Leopard Whipray, Himantura leoparda Manjaji-Matsumoto & Last, 2008
The Leopard Whipray can be recognised by its pattern of leopard-like spots, and its long, thin tail which usually has one sting (spine). The species grows to a length of at least 4.1 m and a width of 1.4 m.
Standard Common Name
The Leopard Whipray can be recognised by its pattern of leopard-like spots, and its long, thin tail which usually has one sting (spine). Until recently, this species was named Himantura undulata.
The species grows to a length of at least 4.1 m and a width of 1.4 m.
It occurs throughout much of south-east Asia and Taiwan. In Australia it is known from Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia to the Torres Strait, Queensland.
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.
Distribution by collection data
The species lives on the inner continental shelf in tropical waters.
- 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. (as Himantura undulata)
- Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia. CSIRO. Pp. 513, Pl. 1-84.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Leopard Whipray, Himantura leoparda, Dasyatidae, leopard-like spots, adult, marine, ray, > 2m, long thin tail, one sting, stinging spine, Himantura undulata, inner continental shelf, tropical water,