Pateobatis fai

Pink Whipray | Himantura fai
Pateobatis fai
Pateobatis fai, Mellish Reef, Coral Sea, Photo: Graham Edgar
Pateobatis fai
Pateobatis fai, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
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Pateobatis fai
Pateobatis fai


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Pale grey with dark margins and angular wings, thin narrow tail that is longer than disc, and thin vertical spiracle for breathing behind eye. Generally observed half buried in sand.


Max Size: N/A cm

Sea Temperature Range: N/A

Depth: 0-200m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (5.2% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: extract from RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland