Neotype designation and re-description of Forsskål's reticulate whipray Himantura uarnak
KAUST DepartmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Environmental Science and Engineering Program
Marine Science Program
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Red Sea Research Center, Division of Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal 23955-6900, Saudi Arabia.
Reef Ecology Lab
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AbstractA serious impediment to the taxonomy of the reticulate whipray Himantura spp. species complex has been the absence of a type specimen for P. Forsskals H. uarnak. Here, reticulate whipray specimens were sampled from the Jeddah region, the assumed type locality of H. uarnak, and characterized genetically at the cytochrome-oxidase subunit 1 (CO1) locus. One of these specimens now in the fish collection of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco was designated as neotype. A maximum-likelihood phylogeny of all available CO1 gene sequences from the genus Himantura had the following topology: ((H. leoparda, H. uarnak), (H. undulata, (Himantura sp. 2, (H. australis + Himantura sp. 1))), H. tutul), where H. uarnak haplotypes formed a distinct sub-clade sister to H. leoparda. Based on these CO1 gene sequences, the geographic distribution of H. uarnak includes the eastern Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the East African coast, and the Arabian Sea. Two lineages in the reticulate whipray species complex remain to be named.
CitationBorsa, P., Williams, C. T., McIvor, A. J., & Berumen, M. L. (2020). Neotype designation and re-description of Forsskål’s reticulate whipray Himantura uarnak. doi:10.1101/2020.10.22.350629
SponsorsSupport to this study was provided by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) through baseline funding to MLB and Institut de recherche pour le développement, Marseille to PB..
PublisherCold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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