Painted Maskray, Neotrygon leylandi (Last 1987)

Other Names: Brown Reticulated Stingray, Brown-reticulate Stingray

Painted Maskray, Neotrygon leylandi. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

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Painted Maskray, Neotrygon leylandi (Last 1987)

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Endemic to north-western Australia from Shark Bay to Eighty Mile Beach. Many previous records were based on misidentified specimens of Himantura picta.


Taken as incidental by-catch in commercial trawl fisheries.

Species Citation

Dasyatis leylandi Last, 1987, Mem. Mus. Vict. 48(1): 50, fig. 2. Type locality: north of Forestier Island, WA [19°28´S, 118°24´E]. 


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Painted Maskray, Neotrygon leylandi (Last 1987)


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls.

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls.

Last, P.R. 1987. New Australian fishes. Part 14. Two new species of Dasyatis (Dasyatididae). Memoirs of Museum Victoria 48(1): 57-61.

Last, P.R. & Compagno, L.J.V. 1999. Family Dasyatidae. pp. 1479-1505 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068.

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Canberra : CSIRO Australia 513 pp. 84 pls.

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Australia 2, 550 pp.

Last, P.R. & White, W.T. 2008. Resurrection of the genus Neotrygon Castelnau (Myliobatoidei: Dasyatidae) with the description of Neotrygon picta sp. nov., a new species from northern Australia. 315-326 in Last, P.R., White, W.T. & Pogonoski, J.J. (eds). Descriptions of new Australian chondrichthyans. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper No. 022: 1-358.

Pierce, S.J. 2011. Neotrygon leylandi. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. . Downloaded on 18 May 2014.

Puckridge, M., Last, P.R.,White, W.T. & Andreakis, N. 2013. Phylogeography of the Indo-West Pacific maskrays (Dasyatidae, Neotrygon): a complex example of chondrichthyan radiation in the Cenozoic. Ecology and Evolution 3(2): 217–232. doi:10.1002/ece3.448. PDF

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1985. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37035013

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Danger:Venomous spines on tail

Depth:15-70 m

Max Size:25 cm DW


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