Morphology Data of Potamotrygon boesemani
Identification keys
Main Ref. Rosa, R.S., M.R. de Carvalho and C. de Almeida Wanderley, 2008
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral other
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales placoid scales

Diagnosed by the dorsal region of disc of dark brown background coloration, with deep orange to red ocellated spots of irregular form, encircled by relatively broad black rings, in irregular concentric series, and frequently in pairs around disc center; buccal cavity dark-pigmented with orange spots in adults. Differs from the ocellated congeners Potamotrygon motoro, Potamotrygon henlei and Potamotrygon leopoldi by having more intensely colored ocelli, usually yellow in the latter species; from Potamotrygon motoro by having darker dorsal background coloration, broader black contour of the dorsal ocelli, and irregular form of the ocelli (vs. rounded in shape). Can be differentiated from Potamotrygon henlei and Potamotrygon leopoldi by the absence of ocelli on tail; and from tentatively identified specimen Potamotrygon ocellata (which also has dark orange ocelli) by the irregular contour of the ocelli which is also distinctive. Teeth relatively smaller and in greater number up to 45 rows in the upper jaw (vs. 23-32 in Potamotrygon motoro; 24 in specimen 19.0 cm DW of Potamotrygon ocellata; and pectoral fin radials 98-104 (vs. 94 in Potamotrygon ocellata) (Ref. 75012).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Potamotrygon boesemani

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
preanal 27 - 30
total 119 - 129


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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