Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Myliobatiformes
(Stingrays) > Potamotrygonidae
Etymology: rosai: This new species is named after Ricardo S. Rosa, whose excellent revision of potamotrygonids (Rosa, 1985a) represents a landmark in our understanding of the taxonomy and diversity of this family.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical; 0°S - 1°S, 48°W - 49°W
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 80.0 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 86515)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Can be diagnosed by its unique dorsal color pattern, composed of numerous white to creamy-white vermiculate markings over a light brown, tan or gray background color. This species is tentatively further separated from H. gomesi by presenting a slightly more slender tail width at base (5.5% DW in holotype of H. rosai vs. 4.5% DW in holotype of H. gomesi), slightly greater preorbital snout length (31% DW in holotype of H. rosai vs. 33.2% DW in holotype of H. gomesi), and smaller pectoral axil to pelvic inner length (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 vs. 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) (Ref. 86515).
South America: Brazil in the upper, mid and lower Rio Amazonas basin, and probably in the lower reaches of its major tributaries.
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. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties 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), based on all LWR estimates (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (68 of 100) .