The blue-spotted stingray is typically not an aggressive species, although its venomous spine may deliver a painful sting.
  • Size

    14 inches (35 cm)
  • Diet

    Mollusks, worms, shrimps, and crabs
  • Range

    Indo-Pacific
  • Habitat

    Sandy bottoms and near coral reefs

Physical Characteristics

  • Body disc is flattened and round-shaped, with a tail as long as its body. Venomous spine on tail.
  • Coloration is brown to yellow-brown with bright blue spots and small black spots on dorsal surface. Ventral surface is off-white.
  • Maximum length of 2ft (70 cm).

Animal Fact

Stingrays "sting" with a venomous spine at the base of the tail.

Diet / Feeding

  • Feeds on mollusks, worms, shrimps, and crabs.

Range / Habitat

  • Indo-West Pacific: Persian Gulf, Red Sea and East Africa to the Solomon Islands, southern Japan, and around northern Australia.
  • Typically found on sandy bottoms near coral reefs at depths of 3-65ft (1-20m).

Reproduction & Growth

  • Ovoviviparous species. Embryo is nourished first by yolk and later by indirectly absorbing uterine fluid. Female gives live birth to a litter of one or two pups.

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Also referred to as “ribbontail ray.”
  • Unlike many ray species, the blue-spotted stingray does not usually bury itself in the sand.
  • Not an aggressive species, although its venomous spine may deliver a painful sting.

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