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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Ocean Voyager

Range / Habitat

  • Pink whiptail ray occurs in the Indo-Pacific Region and is believed to be widespread from South Africa to Micronesia. 
  • Found in aggregates over soft bottoms of the inner continental shelf, often near coral reefs. It inhabits lagoons and seaward sand flats from the intertidal zone to at least 656 ft (200 m).
  • Large groups are known to occur at times on atolls of the Great Barrier Reef and throughout the Caroline Islands.

Physical Characteristics

  • Pink whiptail ray can achieve a disk width of about 6 feet (183 cm) and may weigh over 200 lbs. (90.7 kg).
  • Its coloration is uniformly tan to brownish pink dorsally, occasionally blotched or mottled. The underside is white.
  • The ray has a very long tail, often as much as three times its disk width.

Diet / Feeding

  • Feeds on fish, benthic crustaceans, mollusks and worms.

Reproduction / Growth

  • Pink whiptail ray is ovoviviparous (i.e., fertilization of eggs occurs internally and the young develop within the female and are born fully formed). Size at birth is about 22 inches (55 cm).

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Little is known about the biology or habitat requirements of the pink whiptail ray, although   it is not uncommon in its range.
  • Frequently occurs as by-catch on shrimp and prawn trawlers.
  • This species has been utilized to set up feeding sites for tourism purposes in the South Pacific.

Sources

www.fishbase.org
Sharks and Rays Guide to the World. Hennemann, R., pg 250.
Reef Fish Identification – Tropical Pacific. G. Allen, G.,  R. Steene, R.,  P. Humann, P., and DeLoach, N., pg. 457.