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Eastern Shovelnose Stingaree (Trygonoptera imitata)

Blotched Fantail Ray (Taeniura meyeni)

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Order: Myliobatiformes
Family: Urolophidae
Genus: Trygonoptera
Species: imitata
Taxonomic name: Trygonoptera imitata

The Eastern Shovelnose Stingaree (Trygonoptera sp.) is found near reefs along the coast of Victoria. The almost-identical Western Shovelnose Stingaree has a range that joins that of the Eastern Shovelnose Stingaree’s and extends as far as to Perth. The eastern species is found either in the open or resting on the sandy floor of caves and ledges. It has a light to dark brown back with dark markings on the tail and sometimes in the middle of the back. A variable pattern of small dark to light brown or yellowish spots are scattered across its body. It is a large stingaree, growing to 80 cm long or more.

This ray is often found in shallow water, excavating a hollow as it forages after worms, crabs and burrowing fish. It is quite approachable and will carry on its daily activities if not harassed. Males have large claspers with pear-shaped tips.

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