Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Myliobatiformes
(Stingrays) > Potamotrygonidae
(River stingrays) > Potamotrygoninae
Etymology: Plesiotrygon: Greek, plesios = near + Greek, trygon = a sting ray (Ref. 45335); iwamae: Named in honor of the late Brazilian zoologist Satoko Iwama (Ref. 34195).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: Upper to lower Amazon River basin, from Ecuador to Belém, Brazil, in the Napo, Solimões, Amazonas and Pará rivers.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 58.0 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 34195)
Feeds on small catfishes, insects, decapod crustaceans, and parasitic cestodes and nematodes (Ref. 34195).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Rosa, R.S., H.P. Castello and T.B. Thorson, 1987. Plesiotrygon iwamae, a new genus and species of neotropical freshwater stingray (Chondrichthyes: Potamotrygonidae). Copeia 1987(2):447-458. (Ref. 34195)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.46 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Assuming Fec<10).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (58 of 100).