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Pastinachus sephen2.jpg
Cowtail stingray (P. sephen)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Myliobatiformes
Family: Dasyatidae
Genus: Pastinachus
Rüppell, 1829
Type species
Raja sephen
Forsskål, 1775
  • Hypolophus Müller & Henle, 1837

Pastinachus is a genus of stingrays in the family Dasyatidae. This genus was long held to be monotypic, containing only the cowtail stingray (P. sephen). Recent studies of Indo-Pacific stingrays have revealed that there are in fact a number of different species of Pastinachus, and that some former junior synonyms may need to be resurrected.[1]



  1. ^ Last, P.R.; Manjaji, B.M. & Yearsley, G.K. (2005). "Pastinachus solocirostris sp. nov., a new species of Stingray (Elasmobranchii: Myliobatiformes) from the Indo–Malay Archipelago". Zootaxa. 1040: 1–16.