Stingrays: Atlantic Stingray

Dasyatis sabina

ATLANTIC STINGRAY
Dasyatis sabina

 

Identification
Color brownish to yellowish brown dorsally and whitish ventrally. Disc corners rounded.  Disc width nearly equal to disc length.  Snout pointed and projecting.  Spine near base of long whip like tail.  Low dorsal and ventral fin folds on tail which are brown/dusky in color.

Habitat
Benthic species.  Inhabits coastal waters, including estuaries, lagoons and sometimes rivers.

Feeding
Feeds on benthic invertebrates, polychaete worms, small crustaceans, shrimp, crabs, mollusks, sometimes small fishes.

Reproduction
Aplacental viviparity. One to four pups per litter.

Size/Age
Wingspan of up to 2 feet.

Human Factors
Non-aggressive species of little danger to humans with the exception of their defensive venomous barb located near the base of the tail.  Avoid handling or exercise extreme caution. Do the "Stingray shuffle".



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