Urogymnus polylepis

(Bleeker, 1852)

Scaly whipray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Dasyatidae

Reference of the original description
Bleeker, P. (1852)
Bijdrage tot de kennis der Plagiostomen van den Indischen Archipel. Verhandelingen van het Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen, 24(art. 12): 1–92, Pls. 1–4

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Dasyatis chaophraya, Himantura chaophraya, Himantura chaophrya, Himantura polylepis, Trygon polylepis, Trygon (Himantura) polylepis, Urogymnus chaophraya

Urogymnus polylepis

Himantura chaophraya
Holotype: KUMF: 2998; Paratype: KUMF: 2999; KUMF: 3000;
Trygon polylepis
Holotype: RMNH: 7452

Description :

Citation: Urogymnus polylepis (Bleeker, 1852): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Urogymnus polylepis (Bleeker, 1852) juvenile male holotype (RMNH T 7452, 301 mm DW, preserved). In: Last, P.R. & Manjaji-Matsumoto, B.M. (2008): Himantura dalyensis sp. nov, a new estuarine whipray (Myliobatoidei: Dasyatidae) from northern Australia. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 22: 283-292
Common names
Freshwater whipray

Short Description
Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0. Absence of ventral and dorsal skin folds on the tail, and the broad greyish to blackish marginal band on the ventral surface of the disc. The dorsal surface of the disc is brown (Ref. 27732). Spiral valve with 21 turns; dorsal surface with uniform brown or grey coloration (Ref. 12693). Lacking caudal fin; with long whip-like tail (Ref. 43281).

Asia and Oceania: Mekong and Chao Phraya basins; also from eastern Borneo, New Guinea and northern Australia.
: First record: 2016: Iqbal & Yustian, 2016: [24689]: 12 confirmed records between 2008 and 2016, from estuaries to about 170 km inland of Sumatra. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
Fisheries: minor commercial; aquaculture: experimental; aquarium: potential

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 (Ref. 50449). Distinct pairing with embrace (Ref. 205). Young are born at about 30 cm disc width (Ref. 6871).

Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 240 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 27732); max. published weight: 600.0 kg (Ref. 6871)

Inhabits sandy bottoms in estuaries and large rivers (Ref. 12693). Feeds on benthic invertebrates (Ref. 12693) and fishes (Ref. 32457). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449). Caught occasionally by demersal gillnet and longline fisheries operating in riverine and estuarine areas. Utilized for its meat and possibly its cartilage (Ref.58048). Marketed fresh, with large individuals being sold in cut pieces by the kilogram (Ref. 12693). Size reaches to about 500 cm TL. Threatened due to over harvesting and pollution (Ref. 58490).

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Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Acanthobothrium asnihae Fyler & Caira, 2006 [7585] [28741]
  • Acanthobothrium etini Fyler & Caira, 2006 [7585] [28741]
  • Acanthobothrium masnihae Fyler & Caira, 2006 [7585] [28741]
  • Acanthobothrium saliki Fyler & Caira, 2006 [7585] [28741]
  • Acanthobothrium zainali Fyler & Caira, 2006 [7585] [28741]
  • Prochristianella clarkeae Beveridge, 1990 [17404] [21816]
  • Proemotobothrium linstowi (Southwell, 1912) [21816]
  • Rhinebothrium abaiensis Healy, 2006 [7623]
  • Rhinebothrium megacanthophallus Healy, 2006 [7623] [16908]
  • Sungaicestus kinabatanganensis (Healy, 2006) [7623] [25321]
  • Tetragonocephalum georgei Jensen & Guyer, 2021 [29410]
  • Tetragonocephalum levicorpum Jensen & Guyer, 2021 [29410]
  • Tetragonocephalum opimum Jensen & Guyer, 2021 [29410]