Neotrygon cf. westpapuensis, Borsa, Arlyza, Hoareau & Shen, 2017

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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Neotrygon cf. westpapuensis


Neotrygon cf. westpapuensis 

West Papuan Maskray

Local synonymy: White et al., 2018: 246, figs (PNG). Some of the records listed for N. cf. trigoinoides above may refer to this species.

PNG voucher material: CSIRO unregistered, adult male 37 cm DW, CSIRO unregistered, female 22 cm DW, Wewak, East Sepik Province, September 2017.

Remarks: Colour and genetic differences distinguish this species from N. australiae  and N. cf. trigonoides  . Base don coloration and CO1 sequence data, this species is most similar to and possibly conspecific with the recently described N. westpapuensis Borsa, Arlyza, Hoareau & Shen, 2017  from Cenderwasih Bay. Unfortunately this description was based almost entirely on DNA with no useful field characters provided which prevented detailed comparisons without examing specimens.