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Common Stingaree (Trygonoptera testacea)
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Taxonomic name: Trygonoptera
Other Common Names: Common Stingray.
True to its name, the Common Stingaree (Trygonoptera testacea) is easily
found throughout its range from southern Queensland to the Victorian border.
Body colour is pale to dark brown, grey or even charcoal without any consistent
distinguishing patterns. It has one or two spines preceded by a small
dorsal fin that may be reduced to a small fold of skin on some individuals.
The rounded tail fin is black on juveniles, becoming paler in adults.
While the Common Stingaree can be found in water over 100 m deep, it is
more usual at depths of less than 60 m and is often seen by snorkelers
and divers in the shallows. Mating occurs with the male inserting one
of its two claspers into the female by curling its tail under and around
her body. isnt this so of all rays? The large spiracles behind the
eye are used to expel sand from the mouth and gills isnt this so
of all rays? as it feeds on small shellsed invertebrates, worms and crabs.