Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Myliobatiformes
(Stingrays) > Dasyatidae
(Stingrays) > Urogymninae
Etymology: .kittipongi: Named for Khun Jarutanin Kittipong, Bangkok aquarium fish dealer who collected the type specimens. More on authors: Vidthayanon & Roberts.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Asia: Thailand and Borneo.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 26.8 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 59378); 28.5 cm WD (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This freshwater stingray has a distinct coloration, dorsal disc with pale margin and pale spots in front of the eye and on the posterior rim of the spiracle; a narrow, dusky, gray or brownish-orange (not black) marginal band (but for the one-fourth of the disc nearest to the snout) on the ventral disc surface. Denticulation on the central area of dorsal disc surface and tail are well developed; possess a series of enlarged denticles, some with projecting posterior margins raised above the surface, on dorsal midline between pearl organ and base of sting, the largest on the tail base (Ref. 59378).
Occurs in the mainstream of the Maekhlong River, in an area above the limit of tidal influence. Prefers sandy or sandy-muddy bottom (Ref. 59378).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Vidthayanon, C. and T.R. Roberts, 2005. Himantura kittipongi, a new species of freshwater whiptail stingray from the Maekhlong River of Thailand (Elasmobranchii, Dasyatididae). Nat. Hist. Bull. Siam Soc. 53(1):123-132. (Ref. 59378)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00832 (0.00366 - 0.01891), b=3.10 (2.90 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Very high vulnerability (90 of 100) .