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Genus Aetobatus Blainville, 1816



There has been some confusion over the use of the name and type species. Blainville (1816) named the genus with several included species. Müller & Henle (1837, 1838) subsequently treated the genus as a synonym of Myliobatis, although incorrectly spelling the name Aetobatis Blainville. In the same works they named Aetobatis as a new genus. The genus Aetobatus has long been recognised as distinct from Myliobatis, with Raja narinari as the type species of Aetobatus. Müller & Henle (1838) provided the first definitive separation of the genera Myliobatis and Aetobatis of Müller & Henle, and included two species in Aetobatis. Whitley (1935) pointed out that Bory de Saint-Vincent (1822) had actually first designated Raja aquila Linnaeus, 1758 as the type species of Aetobatus Blainville. That species is currently included in the genus Myliobatis. Aetobatus of Blainville was often spelled Aetobatis, further confusing matters. In the interests of stability, we accept the subsequent designation of Gill (1894) in regarding Raja narinari as the type species to avoid changing a classification that has been stable for over 100 years, although that designation was vague. See also Gill (1804) and Kottelat (2013) for discussion of the problems and other subsequent designations. Gill (1894) unfortunately named the type species as Aetobatis, implying Blainville and not Müller & Henle. Kottelat (2013) has argued that Aetobatis of. Müller & Henle is a synonym of Aetobatus. Blainville.




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

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Timor Transition (1), Christmas Island Province (23), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
05-Aug-2022 MYLIOBATIFORMES 05-Aug-2022 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese Dr Matthew Lockett
16-Apr-2012 20-Jun-2022 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)