Speckled Maskray, Neotrygon picta Last & White 2008

Other Names: Peppered Maskray

A Speckled Maskray, Neotrygon picta. Source: CSIRO National Fish Collection. License: CC BY Attribution

A pale yellow to brownish maskray with a darker reticulated pattern overlain with numerous black spots, a dark mask-like marking across the eyes, and the tail with a pattern of saddles or bands behind the spines, a white tip and the ventral fin-fold almost black posteriorly.

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Speckled Maskray, Neotrygon picta Last & White 2008

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Occurs in Australia from the Wessel Islands, NT to Hervey Bay, QLD. Also in New Guinea.


The specific name picta is from the Latin pictus meaning 'painted' or 'coloured', in reference to the colour pattern of peppery spots on a well-defined or weak reticulate background.

Species Citation

Neotrygon picta Last & White, 2008, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper No. 022: 316. Type locality: east of Rockhampton, QLD [23°15'S, 151°15'E]. 


Dianne J. Bray

Speckled Maskray, Neotrygon picta Last & White 2008


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Jacobsen, I.P. & Bennett, M.B. 2011. Feeding ecology and dietary comparisons among three sympatric Neotrygon (Myliobatoidei: Dasyatidae) species. Journal of Fish Biology 80: 1-15 [doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2011.03169.x]

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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.

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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

Stobutzki, I.C., Miller, M.J., Heales, D.S. & Brewer, D.T. 2002. Sustainability of elasmobranches caught as bycatch in a tropical prawn (shrimp) trawl fishery. Fishery Bulletin 100: 800-821.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37035029

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Danger:Venomous spines on tail

Depth:5-100 m

Habitat:Soft bottom substrates

Max Size:28 cm DW

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