Maculabatis randalli

(Last, Manjaji-Matsumoto & Moore, 2012)

Arabian whipray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Dasyatidae

Reference of the original description
Last, P.R. & Manjaji-Matsumoto, B.M. & Moore, A.B.M. (2012)
Himantura randalli sp. nov., a new whipray (Myliobatoidea: Dasyatidae) from the Persian Gulf. Zootaxa, 3327, 20–32

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Himantura cf. randalli, Himantura randalli

Maculabatis randalli

Himantura randalli
Holotype: CSIRO: H 7254-01; Paratype: BPBM: 33201; BPBM: 29480; CSIRO: H 7296-01; MTUF: 20642;

Description :

Citation: Maculabatis randalli (Last, Manjaji-Matsumoto & Moore, 2012): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Short Description
medium-sized species of Himantura (to at least 62 cm DW); disc weakly rhomboidal; preorbital snout moderately elongate with weak apical lobe; pectoral-fin apices rounded; orbits small, protrusible; mouth relatively broad; tail behind sting of juveniles subcircular with deep longitudinal ventral groove and prominent mid-lateral ridge, weakly depressed in adults; 1–2 (usually 1) small, broadly heart-shaped to seed shaped suprascapular denticles, primary denticle band and thorns absent; secondary denticle band irregularly suboval, relatively narrow; disc margin sometimes paler dorsally; ventral disc uniformly whitish, not black edged; total vertebral count: 108–111 Diet: None of the specimens in the study of LAST et. al. was examined for stomach contents; but stomachs containing food items of ‘Dasyatis gerrardi’ (probably H. randalli) from Kuwait contained predominantly shrimp (see: Euzen, 1987).

Persian Gulf (off Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Iran), possible endemic

Size / Weight / Age
Maximum recorded size of females (620 mm DW), males (540 mm DW); Birth size around 150–170 mm DW

marine; max. depth range 60 m depth

shark-references Species-ID=14653;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Rhinebothrium atabaki Golzarianpour, Malek, Golestaninasab, Sarafrazi & Kochmann, 2021 [29351]
  • Tetragonocephalum sabae Aminjan & Malek, 2016 [24670]
  • Tetragonocephalum salarii Aminjan & Malek, 2016 [24670]

  • Mawsonascaris parva Ali, Zhang, Al-Salim & Li, 2012 [17603]