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Occurrence of pelagic stingray Pteroplatytrygon violacea (Bonaparte, 1832) in the North Sea

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A mature male pelagic stingray Pteroplatytrygon violacea (99 cm total length, 33·5 cm disc length and 42 cm disc width; 2·5 kg) was caught by commercial Nephrops trawl in the North Sea (at c. 54º49′ N; 0º57′ W) on 14 November 2005. Records of P. violacea in the north-east Atlantic are reviewed, with only two vagrant specimens known from the North Sea, representing the most northerly records of this species in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Keywords: Dasyatidae; North Sea; violet stingray

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-09-01

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