Stingrays: Bluntnose Stingray

BLUNTNOSE STINGRAY
Hypanus say

 

bluntnose stingray
 

Identification
Color brownish dorsally and whitish ventrally. Broad rounded disc. Snout short, relatively blunt (hence the name 'bluntnose'). Spine near base of long whip like tail. Well-developed dorsal and ventral fin folds on tail which are dark brown to black in color.

Habitat and Behavior
Inhabits coastal waters including ocean beaches, bays, estuaries, and river mouths. Generally found near shore on grass and sand/mud flats.

Feeding
Bottom feeder. Feeds on small fish, clams, marine worms, and crustaceans (i.e. shrimp, crabs).

Reproduction
Aplacental viviparity. Two to four pups per litter.

Size
Wingspan up to 3 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" to reduce the chance of stepping on these rays and risking possible injury from their spine.



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