Hemitrygon sinensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Chondrichthyes Myliobatiformes Dasyatidae

Scientific Name: Hemitrygon sinensis (Steindachner, 1892)
Common Name(s):
English Chinese Stingray
Dasyatis sinensis (Steindachner, 1892)
Trygon sinensis Steindachner, 1892
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: 2007-01-03
Assessor(s): Wang, Y., Ebert, D.A., Samiengo, B. & Vidthayanon, C.
Reviewer(s): Valenti, S.V. & Fowler, S.L.
This is an amended version of the 2007 assessment to accommodate the recent change in genus name from Dasyatis to Hemitrygon.

The Chinese Stingray (Hemitrygon sinensis) is an inshore stingray, found in the East China Sea and Bohai Sea off China, to off Korea in the Yellow Sea. Inshore trawl fisheries are intense within this species' range. It is taken as a utilized bycatch and is one of three most commonly marketed stingrays in China. However, the species is still poorly known and no data are available to determine catch levels. It is assessed as Data Deficient at present and efforts should be made to quantify and monitor catch and population trends to enable re-assessment.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Northwest Pacific: occurs off China in the East China Sea and Bohai Sea and off Korea in the Yellow Sea (Zhu and Meng 2001).
Countries occurrence:
China (Beijing, Liaoning); Korea, Democratic People's Republic of; Korea, Republic of
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – northwest
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):200
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Population [top]

Population:No information on population.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:An inshore coldwater stingray, probably occurring at less than 200 m deep although no specific information is available on its depth range (D. Ebert, Y. Wang pers. obs. 2007). Males reach 82 cm TL and females 72.5 cm TL (Zhu and Meng 2001). The biology and habitat of this species are largely unknown. The holotype is an adult male with a disc width of 39.5 cm (DW).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Commonly captured as bycatch in demersal trawls operating off China (Zhu and Meng 2001), but only of low value. One of three most commonly marketed of dasyatids in China, although no information is available on trends. There are difficulties with accurate identification of Dasyatid species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures in place.

Citation: Wang, Y., Ebert, D.A., Samiengo, B. & Vidthayanon, C. 2016. Hemitrygon sinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T161576A104122335. . Downloaded on 19 June 2018.
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