Vol.15, No.3, July 2016
First report of mangrove whipray Himantura granulata (Macleay, 1883) from the Persian Gulf, Iran
Description:1- Department of Marine Biology, Tehran Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran 2- Iranian Fisheries Science Research Institute (IFSRI), Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization, P.O. Box: 14155-6116, Tehran, Iran 3- Persian Gulf and Oman Sea Ecological Center, Iranian Fisheries Science Research Institute (IFSRI), Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization, Bandar Abbas, Iran Corresponding author’s E-mail:t_valinassab@yahoo.com
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Dasyatidae is primarily a marine subfamily, which is most common in shallow tropical waters. The species of this family are distributed worldwide; from tropical to warm temperate; Atlantic (Including the Mediterranean Sea), the Indian, and Pacific Ocean (Nelson, 2006). Six genera,Dasyatis(synonymsTrygonandUrolophoides), Himantura,Pastinachus(synonymHypolophus), Pteroplatytrygon,Taeniura, andUrogymnus, with about 68 species are included in this family (Compagno, 2005). In the Persian Gulf, some members of family Dasyatidae are important species in terms of number and biomass.
Author:Rastgoo A.R.1; Fatemi S.M.R.1; Valinassab T. 2; Mortazavi M.S.3
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