The Oceania Fantail Ray (Taeniura lessoni) is fairly new… and by that we mean that it was recently recognised as different from the Blue-spotted Fantail Ray (T. lymma)! Like, 2016. Amazing, right?!
Recently we said a #flatshark went by the common name “Kuhl’s stingray.” Turns out… more than one stingray goes by that common name… including this one we are introducing! Scientifically known as Neotrygon kuhlii, they are listed as Data Deficient (DD) by the IUCN. We will be call them “Blue-spotted maskray.”
This next #flatshark goes by many names: the Bluespot Stingray, Blue-spotted Stingaree, Blue-spotted Stingray, and Kuhl's Stingray. But The Fins United Initiative will refer to Neotrygon australiae as the Australian Bluespotted Maskray.
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