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Black Stingray (Dasyatis thetidis)

Black Stingray (Dasyatis thetidis)

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Order: Myliobatiformes
Family: Dasyatidae
Genus: Dasyatis
Species: thetidis
Taxonomic name: Dasyatis thetidis

Found across southern coastal waters, the Black Stingray (Dasyatis thetidis) shares a similar habitat and appearance to the Smooth Stingray. It differs in having thorns along the middle of the back as well as the base of the tail. The longer whip-like tail section beyond the spine is covered in small rough thorns that give it a spiky appearance. The armed tail with its rough surface and large serrated spine is a superb defence. Body colour is blue-grey to black.

While it does not grow as large as the Smooth Stingray, it can still attain a substantial weight of over 200 kg and a width of 180 cm. Found as individuals or as large schools when they gather for mating purposes. Black Stingrays feed on fish, crabs and shelled invertebrates which they search out in sand flats, using the sensitive electroreceptors located on their underside. These rays are often used in large aquarium displays due to their impressive size and hardy nature.

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