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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Ocean Voyager
  • Seaside Touch Pool (Aquanaut Adventure)

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Indo-West Pacific from the Red Sea and East Africa to Southern Japan, Micronesia and tropical Australia.
  • Usually associated with reefs; also found in a wide variety of habitats from shallow lagoons to outer reef slopes.
  • Can be encountered from near the surface to depths of about 1,640 feet (500 m); most common between approximately 66 and 197 feet (20-60 m).

Physical Characteristics

  • Large stingray with a circular disc, no thorns and a black and white mottled upper surface.
  • Deep and prominent ventral skin fold that extends to the tail tip.
  • Maximum length of nearly 11 feet (330 cm) (snout to tail). Disc widths of about 10 feet (3 m) and weights of 330 lbs. (150 kg) have been reported.

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of bottom fishes, bivalves, crabs and shrimp.
  • To find prey, often excavates large holes in the sand by blowing water from its mouth.

Reproduction / Growth

  • Ovoviviparous.
  • Litters of up to seven are born at approximately 13 inches (33 cm) in disc width.

Conservation Status

  • “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Formerly Taeniura meyeni.
  • Also called the “marbled ray” or "black blotched fantail ray."
  • Can be found swimming alone or in schools; often accompanied by jacks or cobia swimming near them.
  • Fished commercially in some parts of its range, valued for its meat and cartilage. May also be sought by recreational fishermen. Often also captured as bycatch in other fisheries. 
  • A stingray; possesses a venomous barb at the base of the tail.

Sharks & Rays Guide of the World, Hennemann, R., pg. 259