Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Myliobatiformes
(Stingrays) > Potamotrygonidae
(River stingrays) > Potamotrygoninae
Etymology: Potamotrygon: Greek, potamos = river + Greek, trygon = a sting ray (Ref. 45335); boesemani: Named for the late Dutch biologist Marinus Boeseman, for his substantial contribution to the knowledge of both South American ichthyology (including chondrichthyans) and zoological history.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
South America: Corantijn river drainage in Suriname.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 41.3 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 75012); 42.7 cm WD (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 119 - 129. Diagnosed by the dorsal region of disc of dark brown background coloration, with deep orange to red ocellated spots of irregular form, encircled by relatively broad black rings, in irregular concentric series, and frequently in pairs around disc center; buccal cavity dark-pigmented with orange spots in adults. Differs from the ocellated congeners Potamotrygon motoro, Potamotrygon henlei and Potamotrygon leopoldi by having more intensely colored ocelli, usually yellow in the latter species; from Potamotrygon motoro by having darker dorsal background coloration, broader black contour of the dorsal ocelli, and irregular form of the ocelli (vs. rounded in shape). Can be differentiated from Potamotrygon henlei and Potamotrygon leopoldi by the absence of ocelli on tail; and from tentatively identified specimen Potamotrygon ocellata (which also has dark orange ocelli) by the irregular contour of the ocelli which is also distinctive. Teeth relatively smaller and in greater number up to 45 rows in the upper jaw (vs. 23-32 in Potamotrygon motoro; 24 in specimen 19.0 cm DW of Potamotrygon ocellata; and pectoral fin radials 98-104 (vs. 94 in Potamotrygon ocellata) (Ref. 75012).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Rosa, R.S., M.R. de Carvalho and C. de Almeida Wanderley, 2008. Potamotrygon boesemani (Chondrichthyes: Myliobatiformes: Potamotrygonidae), a new species of neotropical freshwater stingray from Surinam. Neotrop. Ichthyol. 6(1):1-8. (Ref. 75012)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Very high vulnerability (90 of 100) .