Southern Stingray
Southern Stingray
Range Western Atlantic Ocean
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Myliobatiformes
Family Dasyatidae
Genus Dasyatis
Species D. Americana
Conservation Status
Data Deficient

The Southern Stingray is a specie from the Dasyatis genus. It is found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Western Atlantic Ocean from New Jersey to Brazil. Lesser Electric Ray


The Southern Stingray has long discs or fins used by the ray to propel it through water. Some have described it to look like a "pancake," for its flat, smooth appearance. They can grow to very large sizes, up to 150 cm.


These stingrays, like most, lie on the sea bed in coastal areas. They can often be seen in thick seagrass, or halfway buried in sand. In many studies, it has been found out that these rays are very intelligent. For instance, they follow the tide because of the great food availability there. Also, the way they swim with their discs is studied by many as it is truly unusual and could be used to make better submarines. The stingrays interact with humans quite often, especially scuba divers and snorkelers. In the Caribbean, and area called "Stingray City" exists, where mature southern stingrays are fed by humans in the wild, and perhaps the largest population thrives. It is on a sandbar that is a unique tourist attraction.





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