Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Myliobatiformes
(Stingrays) > Potamotrygonidae
(River stingrays) > Potamotrygoninae
Etymology: gomesi: This new species honors Ulisses L. Gomes, a pioneer in the study of elasmobranch morphology and systematics in Brazil, and an esteemed colleague and collaborator of the first author.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical; 5°N - 4°N, 70°W - 71°W
South America: Brazil in the upper Rio Amazonas basin according to the material studied, but suspected to enter the lower reaches of most major tributaries and the lower Rio Amazonas basin as well.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.5 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 86515)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Can be diagnosed by its unique dorsal color pattern, composed of a uniform gray to light tan or brown color, without strong vermiculations, rosettes or other conspicuous patterns dorsally. This species is tentatively further separated from H. rosai by presenting a slightly more slender tail width at base (holotype tail width 4.5% DW vs. 5.6% DW in holotype of H. rosai), slightly greater preorbital snout length (holotype preorbital snout length 33.2% DW vs. 31.0% DW in holotype of H. rosai), and proportionally smaller pelvic inner length (2.1% DW in holotype of H. gomesi, and ranging from 1.0 to 3.3% DW in all specimens, with a mean of 1.9% DW vs. 4.6% DW in holotype of H. rosai, ranging from 1.3 to 4.9% DW in all specimens, with a mean of 3.7% DW) (Ref. 86515).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
de Carvalho, M.R. and N.R. Lovejoy, 2011. Morphology and phylogenetic relationships of a remarkable new genus and two new species of Neotropical freshwater stingrays from the Amazon basin (Chondrichthyes: Potamotrygonidae). Zootaxa 2776:13-48. (Ref. 86515)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [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) .