Pastinachus ater (Macleay, 1883a),

White, William T. & Ko’Ou, Alfred, 2018, An annotated checklist of the chondrichthyans of Papua New Guinea, Zootaxa 4411 (1), pp. 1-82: 59

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4411.1

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persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/735C87F1-8A6C-FF94-9BF6-FC85590C8F5E

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scientific name

Pastinachus ater (Macleay, 1883a)
status

 

Pastinachus ater (Macleay, 1883a) 

Broad Cowtail Ray

Taeniura atra Macleay, 1883a: 598  . Holotype: AMS I.9762. Type locality: Port Moresby district, Papua New Guinea. 

Local synonymy: Trygon  sephen— Peters, 1877: 853 (New Britain); Ogilby, 1888: 20 (southeastern New Guinea); Günther, 1910: 495 (New Britain); Duncker & Mohr, 1934: 84 (Seeadler Harbour, Manus). Taeniura atra Macleay, 1883a: 598  (Port Moresby district). Dasyatis  sephen— Fowler, 1934: 386 (Port Moresby); Munro, 1958: 114 (New Guinea); Munro, 1967: 15, pl. 2, fig. 19 (New Guinea); Haines, 1979a: 6 (Purari Delta); Haines, 1979b: 94 (Purari Delta). Pastinachus dephen  - Filewood, 1973: 12 (PNG, misspelling of sephen  ). Pastinachus  atrus— Last & Stevens, 2009: 456 (New Guinea). Pastinachus sephen  — Allen, 1998: 67 (Milne Bay); Allen et al., 2003: 112 (Milne Bay). Pastinachus  ater— White et al., 2018: 34, figs (PNG).

PNG voucher material: (4 spec.) AMS I.9762 (holotype), female 404 mm DW, Port Moresby, 9°29’ S, 147°05’ E, 1883GoogleMaps  ; KFRS E.043 (dried jaws), adult male, Rabaul , East New Britain, 1964  ; KFRS E.044 (dried jaws), adult male, Kairuku, Yule Island , Central Province, 18 Jan. 1965  ; USNM 218543View Materials, juvenile male 410 mm DW, Parama Island , Western Province, 15 Dec. 1975  .

Remarks: First recorded from PNG by Peters (1877) as Trygon sephen  from New Britain. Macleay (1883a) described as a new species, Taeniura atra  , based on a specimen collected from off Port Moresby; subsequently included in the synonymy of Pastinachus sephen  but recently resurrected as a valid species. Caught occasionally by prawn trawlers and probably also by coastal fishers.

PNG

Division of Primary Industry

KFRS

Kanudi Fisheries Research Station

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Chondrichthyes

Order

Myliobatiformes

Family

Dasyatidae

Genus

Pastinachus

Loc

Pastinachus ater (Macleay, 1883a)

White, William T. & Ko’Ou, Alfred 2018
2018
Loc

Taeniura atra

Macleay 1883: 598
1883
Loc

Taeniura atra

Macleay 1883: 598
1883
Loc

Pastinachus

Ruppell 1829
1829
Loc

Pastinachus

Ruppell 1829
1829
Loc

sephen

Forsskal 1775
1775