Hemitrygon bennetti 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Chondrichthyes Myliobatiformes Dasyatidae

Scientific Name: Hemitrygon bennetti (Müller & Henle, 1841)
Common Name(s):
English Bennet's Stingray
Dasyatis bennetti (Müller & Henle, 1841)
Trygon bennettii, Müller & Henle, 1841
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N., Fricke, R. and Van der Laan, R. (eds). 2016. Catalog of Fishes: genera, species, references. Updated 29 September 2016. Available at: (Accessed: 29 September 2016).
Taxonomic Notes: The genus Hemitrygon formerly was a junior synonym of Dasyatis (Kottelat, 2013); it was resurrected by Last et al. (2016) in their revision of the family Dasyatidae.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2007-07-09
Assessor(s): SSG Asia Northwest Pacific Red List Workshop, Valenti, S.V.
Reviewer(s): Séret, B. (Shark Red List Authority)
This is an amended version of the 2007 assessment to accommodate the recent change in genus name from Dasyatis to Hemitrygon.

This Indo-Pacific stingray’s distribution is not well known, but it probably ranges from Japan to India, possibly including the Philippines. Its habitat and biology are poorly known and it reaches a maximum size of 130 cm total length (TL) and 50 cm disc width (DW). It is presumably taken in demersal fisheries operating within its range, but no information is currently available on catches of this species. At present insufficient information is available on the species’ distribution, biology and capture in fisheries to assess it beyond Data Deficient. Further investigation is required and this assessment should be revisited in the near term.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The distribution of this Indo-West Pacific stingray is not well known, but probably ranges from southern Japan to India, possibly including the Philippines (Compagno 1998, Compagno et al. 2005). One record from Trinidad possibly refers to another species (Compagno et al. 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Cambodia; China; India; Japan; Myanmar; Thailand; Viet Nam
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – western central; Pacific – northwest
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Population [top]

Population:Apparently more abundant in northwest Pacific than the Indian Ocean (Compagno 1998).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The biology and habitat of Bennett's Stingray (Hemitrygon bennetti) are poorly known. The species reaches a maximum size of at least 130 cm TL and about 50 cm DW (Compagno 1998).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Bennett's Stingray is presumably taken in demersal trawl and net fisheries operating within its range, but no specific information is available on catches of this species. Ray fisheries are important in many areas of the western central Pacific, with substantial landings off Thailand and Singapore (Compagno 1998). Stingrays are also taken in various intensive demersal fisheries operating off India (Hanfee 1999).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No known conservation measures in place.

Citation: SSG Asia Northwest Pacific Red List Workshop, Valenti, S.V. 2016. Hemitrygon bennetti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T161533A104114664. . Downloaded on 23 June 2018.
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