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By Michael Casey Associated Press SAMUT SONGKRAM, Thailand -- Rushing across a temple parking lot, British angler Rick Humphreys yells, "We've got a fish." He jumps into a small motorboat on the Maeklong River in time to see Wirat Moungnum bring the prize to the surface -- a rare, giant freshwater stingray that weighs as much as 44 pounds.
Himantura kittipong is a species of freshwater stingray that was initially found by Thai fish expert Kittipong Jaruthanin in Mae Klong River in Kanchanaburi, Thailand in 2004. It was confirmed to be a new species by two World Wide Funds for Nature officials, WWF Thailand senior freshwater biologist Chavalit Vidthayanon and Smithsonian research associate Tyson Roberts, on April 12, 2006. The 24-inch wide kittipong lives at the bottom of rivers. It is part of the Dasyatidae family of...
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.