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Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota (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)

Rank: Species
CAAB category: 37 - Pisces Fishes

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Family: 37 35 Dasyatidae (Stingrays) - show full list
Standard Name (AS5300): Cowtail Stingray
Common Names List: cowtail stingray
Organism Type: a stingray
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:
Habitat: Estuarine
Coastal (0-40m)
Shelf Demersal (40-200m)
Parent Codes: 37 035904     Pastinachus spp.
Previous Codes
(if any)
Distribution map:
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Modelled distribution shown as blue polygon (source: Australian National Fish Expert Distributions) Updated on 2008-11-19.
Occurrence locations [12] shown as red circles - View CSIRO Catch records
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Expected species depth range is from 0 to 60 m.
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.

Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2019-11-21
View at Atlas of Living Australia
FoA 2029
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Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2022-08-21
View at WoRMS    - also at Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) (report and map of occurrences)
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