Himantura fava (Annandale, 1909)
honeycomb whipray

Family:  Dasyatidae (Stingrays), subfamily: Urogymninae
Max. size:  120 cm WD (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: off India, Indonesia, and Gulf of Thailand.
Diagnosis:  This species is characterized by absence of skin fold on the ventral surface of the tail; quadrangular profile of disc; whip-like tail variably banded; adults' upper surface with widely spaced, honeycomb-like reticulations; juveniles with relatively large spots on disc (Ref. 58048).
Biology:  Found inshore on soft substrates. Viviparous, with histotrophy. Few biological information is available, diet presumably consists of crustaceans and small fishes. Caught occasionally in demersal tangle nets; meat, skin (of high value) and cartilage are utilized (Ref. 58048).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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