CAAB - Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota - Taxon report

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CAAB Taxon Report

Animalia (kingdom)  »  Chordata (phylum)  »  Elasmobranchii (class)  »  Rajiformes (order)  »  Dasyatidae (family)

CAAB Code: 37 035011 show as JSON
Scientific Name
and Authority
Pastinachus ater    (Macleay, 1883)
CAAB category: 37 - Pisces Distribution map:

Expected distribution shown as red polygon (source: Australian National Fish Expert Distributions)
Occurrence locations shown as circles - View CSIRO Catch records
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Depth range of occurrences from 0 to 60 m.

Photographic Index of Australian Fishes
Image supplied by: CMAR Fish Taxonomy  @CSIRO 2020
Family: Dasyatidae (Stingrays) - show full list
Common Name: Cowtail Stingray
Common Names List: cowtail stingray
Recent Synonyms: Pastinachus sephen (Forsskål, 1775) [in Last & Stevens, 1994 and many other references]
Pastinachus atrus [Last & Stevens 2009] (the name is clearly derived from the Latin for black and the correct masculine adjective is ater)
Taxon lists: Current Australian list:
Commercial species list:
Standard Fish Names List:
Regions: Australia (inc. subantarctic territories)
Habitat: Estuarine
Coastal (0-50m)
Shelf Demersal (40-200m)
Parent Codes: 37 035904     Pastinachus spp.
Organism Type: a stingray
Scientific Name Notes:Pastinachus sephen was described by Forsskål from the Red Sea (as Raja sephen). Pastinachus sephen is most likely a different species to P. ater (described as Taeniura atra by Macleay from Papua New Guinea). The latter name is used for the Australian species until the taxonomy is resolved.

Australian Faunal Directory (AFD)
Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2019-11-21
View at Atlas of Living Australia
World Register of Marine Species
Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2019-02-14
View at WoRMS    - also at OBIS (report and map of occurrences)
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