Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Myliobatiformes
(Stingrays) > Dasyatidae
(Stingrays) > Neotrygoninae
Etymology: Taeniura: Latin, taenia = stripe + Greek, oura = tail (Ref. 45335); lessoni: Named for René Lesson, a French scientist in the 19th century who once worked on members of this genus in Melanesia.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range ? - 18 m (Ref. 110363). Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Central Pacific: Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, but possibly more widely distributed in Melanesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - 20.9 cm
Max length : 20.9 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 110363); 22.0 cm WD (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This small, blue-spotted stingray is distinguished by the following characters: absence of a pair of blue longitudinal stripes along the sides of the tail; uniformly pale ventral fold; absence of the dorsal fold but upper margin of tail with a firm, blunt ridge; a relatively short post-orbital disc (length from rear of orbit to pectoral-fin insertion 63-65% WD), with a relatively long horizontal snout length (20-21% DW) and prenasal length 14-16% DW, and prenasal length 1.5-1.9 times internasal width (Ref. 110363).
This species probably occur mainly inshore, with types collected from surge channels in fringing coral reefs, to at least 18 m depth (Ref. 110363)..
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Last, P.R., W.T. White and G. Naylor, 2016. Three new stingrays (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae) from the Indo-West Pacific. Zootaxa 4147 (4):377-402. (Ref. 110363)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (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
): 3.8 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Very high vulnerability (90 of 100) .