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  Blue-spotted Stingray (Dasyatis kuhlii)





Blue-spotted Stingray | Dasyatis kuhlii photo
Blue-spotted Maskray (Dasyatis kuhlii) among coral rubble. Green Island, South West Rocks, NSW

Image by Richard Ling - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Blue-spotted Stingray | Dasyatis kuhlii photo
Blue-spotted Stingray

Image by Dr. Dwayne Meadows, NOAA/NMFS/OPR - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



FISH FACTS

Description
The Blue-spotted Stingray is grey or brown with light blue and black spots. There is a darker band across the eyes. The tail is as long as the body with a pale tip, and last third of the tail has dark bands. It usually has a single venomous sting on the tail. The underside is white. Sometimes lies buried in sand with only the eyes and tail exposed. It is a solitary species found on sandy bottoms. The snout is short and angular; the disc is angular.

Size
length to 70cm. Disc width to 40cm.

Habitat
found near rocky or coral reefs, in coastal and estuarine waters. Usually found in deeper water but moves to the reef flat and into shallow lagoons at high tide.

Food
crabs, shrimps

Breeding
Ovoviviparous

Range
Found throughout the tropical Indo-West Pacific. In Australia it is found from central coast of Western Australia, around the north coast and down the east coast to northern New South Wales.

Notes
Dangerous. The venomous spine can inflict a painful wound.



Classification
Class:Chondrichthyes
Order:Rajiformes
Family:Dasyatidae
Genus:Dasyatis
Species:kuhlii
Common Name:Blue-spotted Stingray

Relatives in same Genus
  Smooth Stingray (D. brevicaudata)
  Black Stingray (D. thetidis)