The next freshwater Chondrichthyan that The Fins United Initiative wants to introduce you is Amanda’s river stingray (Potamotrygon amandae). In the Potamotrygonidae (River stingrays) family, the Greek words “potamos” and “trygon” mean ‘river’ and ‘a sting ray’ respectively. Named for Amanda Lucas Gimeno, hence amandae, they are known from the Paraná-Paraguay basin in South America.
Introducing Jordan’s chimaera (Chimaera jordani), but here’s a fun fact: there are some taxonomic problems involved with these animals and therefore the IUCN information that exists?
Found from southern Russia to China, The Fins United Initiative is excited to introduce you to the banded houndshark (Triakis scyllium)! Relatively widespread and common in this range, they’re found on the continental and insular shelves as well as estuaries or shallow bays. The banded houndsharks like sandy substrates and also like seaweed or eel-grass flats. Reproductivity is largely a mystery but it is known that they are an aplacental viviparous species and give birth to 10-24 pups per litter.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
SEE MELISSA'S TEDx TALK HERE:
SEARCH BY CATEGORIES