Pateobatis fai (Jordan & Seale, 1906)
Pateobatis fai (Jordan & Seale, 1906)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Pateobatis fai

English Name: Pink whipray

Creole Name: Lare bannan

French Name: Raie fouet

IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU)


Large plain coloured whipray with a rhombic disc. Dorsal surface light tan brown, ventral surface white.  Lacks obvious band of denticles on central disc nor enlarged 
thorny denticles on mid-line of disc and tail before caudal sting. Disc broad through trunk, width 1.1-1.2 times length, pectoral fin apex rounded. Snout short, very broad, 
with an enlarged triangular apical lobe.  Very long narrow tail with caudal sting tail.  


Maturity: males mature at approx. 112cm DW, female size at maturity unknown. Max: attains at least 146 DW exceeding 308 cm TL. max. published weight: 18.5 kg

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits lagoon and seaward sand flats from the intertidal to at least 70m depths. Sometimes occurs in large aggregations. Ovoviviparous. Feeds mainly on 
small fish, crustaceans and molluscs. 

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the gill net fishery and may also be harpooned, but is an uncommon component of the catch. 


Venomous spine on tail can cause painful injury.


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Manjaji Matsumoto, B.M. et al (2016). Pateobatis fai. The IUCN Red List 2016: e.T161615A104219816. (12/03/19).


Nevill, J.E.G. (2019). Pateobatis fai, Pink whipray. Seychelles Seatizens.  (Edited 29/09/21).

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