Recently, taxonomic research into elasmobranchs has described three new species in the genus Neotrygon. The Blue-spotted maskray (Neotrygon kuhlii) was recently split into different animals! We have recently talked about Australian Bluespotted maskray (N. australiae), and Oriental Bluespotted Maskray (N. orientale), so today we will talk about the Bluespotted maskray (N. caeruleopunctata). Researchers also resurrected a fourth one, N. varidens (Garman 1885) and there are apparently 5 other lineages that remain undescribed!
So yeah… the Bluespotted maskray (Neotrygon caeruleopunctata) was only recently confirmed! And because of its current taxonomic uncertainty, this limits a full understanding of the species’ range and regional occurrence (learn more on Last et al., 2016). This is a small stingray (gets up to at least 70 cm in total length) with a smooth disc, a pale-green color on top with blue ocelli and spots.
Bluespotted maskrays are found in the Indian Ocean, primarily in southern Indonesia and possibly westward to Africa. Here, they are a demersal ray that is seen inshore and out to the mid-continental and insular shelves. Little else is known about them.
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