Fontitrygon margarita

(Günther, 1870)

Daisy stingray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Dasyatidae

Reference of the original description
Günther, A. (1870)
Catalogue of the fishes in the British Museum. London, British Museum(Natural History). Vol. 8: 549 p.

Image of the original description
No image in first description.

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Amphotistius margarita, Dasyatis margarita, Dasyatis (Trygon) margarita, Dasybatus margarita, Trygon margarita

Fontitrygon margarita

Dasyatis margarita
Lectotype: BMNH: 1865.7.4.1; Paralectotype: BMNH: 1852.8.30.23;

Description :

Citation: Fontitrygon margarita (Günther, 1870): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2024

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Fontitrygon margarita (Günther, 1870), ERB 0576, female, 20,7 cm DW, 69,2 cm TL, Nigeria © Frederik H. Mollen (Elasmobranch Research Belgium)
Common names
deu \(T\) Stechrochen, spa Raja látigo margarita, spa Ratón de altura, spa Raya látigo margarita, spa Rayalátigo margarita, fra \(T\) Pastenague marguerite, fra \(T\) Raie, eng Daisy stingray, eng Guinean stingray, eng Skeete, eng Stingray, eng Whipray, por Uge-de-pérola, por Uje-de-pérola, por Uje-margarida

Short Description
Disc oval, moderately flat, its medial lobe broad-based and moderately exserted, its anterolateral margin somewhat concave; denticles on dorsal surface of disc smooth, restricted to middle portion; snout moderately long, broadly pointed; pearl spines always present and very large [546]. Total tooth rows 24-32/28-36; total pectoral radials 129-136 (Ref. 7367). Disc and pelvic fins gray-brown above, without spots or prominent markings, uniformly pale or whitish below [546].

Eastern Atlantic: Mauritania to Angola. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: commercial

Exhibit ovoviparity (aplacental viviparity), with embryos feeding initially on yolk, then receiving additional nourishment from the mother by indirect absorption of uterine fluid enriched with mucus, fat or protein through specialised structures [733]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086].

Size / Weight / Age
100.0 cm WD (male/unsexed; [7176]); max. published weight: 17.0 kg (Ref. 7397)

demersal; brackish; marine; depth range ? - 60 m (Ref. 4438)

shark-references Species-ID=14646;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Otobothrium cysticum (Mayer, 1842) [16112]
  • Stillabothrium allisonae Dedrick & Reyda, 2018 [26716]
  • Stillabothrium charlotteae Iwanyckyj, Dedrick & Reyda, 2018 [26716]