The magpie fiddler ray (Trygonorrhina melaleuca) is special in that it’s only known from a single holotype off Kangaroo Island in Australia and a few specimens from the shallow waters of the Gulf St. Vincent (in South Australia). It is considered to be a colour variant of T. dumerilii (Donnellan et al. 2015).
Because this colouration is exceptionally rare, not much is known about why it looks the way it does. They seem to get around 90 cm in length, and are a bluish-black colour on top with pale markings along their disc. They also have two dark grey bars on either side of the disc, with pale dorsal and caudal fins. Like many rays, they have a pale underbelly.
As mentioned above, is considered to be a colour variant of T. dumerilii (Donnellan et al. 2015). If you find a dead specimen, contact your local aquarium to see what the next step(s) should be. The IUCN has assessed these animals as Least Concern (LC).
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