|Neotrygon indica Pavan-Kumar, Kumar & Borsa, 2017|
The blue-spotted maskray, previously N. kuhlii, consists of up to eleven lineages representing separate species. Nine of these species (N. australiae, N. bobwardi, N. caeruleopunctata, N. malaccensis, N. moluccensis, N. orientale, N. vali, N. varidens, N. westpapuensis) have already been formally described. Here the Indian-Ocean maskray is described as a new species, Neotrygon indica sp. nov. A diagnosis based on its distinct colour patterns and nucleotide sequence at the CO1 locus is proposed.
Keywords: Taxonomy; Diagnosis; Distribution
Etymology. Named for the country of type locality, India. Epithet indica is the latin feminine adjectival form of the name of the country.
Proposed vernacular names. Indian-Ocean Blue-spotted Maskray (English); Neeli Nishan Pakat (Hindi); Pulli Thirukhai (Tamil); Raie pastenague masquée à points bleus de l’océan Indien (French)
Annam Pavan-Kumar, Rajan Kumar and Philippe Borsa. 2017. Neotrygon indica sp. nov., the Indian-Ocean Blue-spotted Maskray (Myliobatoidei, Dasyatidae). bioRxiv. DOI: 10.1101/179911