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Taeniura lymma  (Forsskål, 1775)

Ribbontail stingray
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Australia country information

Common names: Bluespotted fantail ray, Blue-spotted fantail ray, Blue-spotted lagoon ray
Occurrence: native
Salinity: marine
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Uses: no uses
Comments: Occurs in northern Australia, from Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia to Bundaberg, Queensland (Ref. 6871). Also Reported from the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands (Ref. 75154). Possibly the most abundant stingray in coral reef habitats of tropical Australia (Ref. 6871). Also Ref. 2334.
National Checklist:
Country Information: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/as.html
National Fisheries Authority:
Occurrences: Occurrences Point map
Main Ref: Hoese, D.F., D.J. Bray, J.R. Paxton and G.R. Allen, 2006
National Database:

Classification / Names

Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Myliobatiformes (Stingrays) > Dasyatidae (Stingrays)
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL

Main reference

Size / Weight / Age

Max length : 35.0 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 58048)

Length at first maturity
Lm 20.3, range 21 - ? cm

Environment

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 20 m (Ref. 9840)

Climate / Range

Tropical; 32°N - 30°S, 32°E - 177°W

Distribution

Indo-West Pacific: Persian Gulf (Ref.80050); Red Sea and East Africa to the Solomon Islands, north to southern Japan (Ref. 9710), south to northern Australia.
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Short description

A colorful stingray with large bright blue spots on an oval, elongated disc and with blue side-stripes along the tail; snout rounded and angular, disc with broadly rounded outer corners, and tail stout, tapering and less than twice body length when intact, with a broad lower caudal finfold reaching the tail tip; disc with no large thorns but with small, flat denticles along midback (in adults); usually 1 medium-sized sting on tail further behind base than in most stingrays (Ref. 5578). Grey-brown to yellow, olive-green or reddish brown dorsally, white ventrally (Ref. 5578).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs around coral reefs (Ref. 6871, 58534). Migrates in groups into shallow sandy areas during the rising tide to feed on mollusks, worms, shrimps, and crabs; disperses on falling tide to seek shelter in caves and under ledges (Ref. 6871). Rarely found buried under the sand (Ref. 12951). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449). Small specimens are popular among marine aquarists (Ref. 5578). Does not do well in aquariums (Ref. 12951). Maximum length about 70 cm TL (Ref. 30573). Reports of specimens reaching 240 cm TL are probably inaccurate (Ref. 6871). Commonly caught by fisheries operating over shallow coral reefs and probably adversely affected by dynamite fishing. Utilized widely for its meat (Ref.58048).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

Threat to humans

  Venomous (Ref. 4690)



Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes; aquarium: commercial

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Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805)
PD50 = 0.6250 many relatives (e.g. carps) 0.5 - 2.0 few relatives (e.g. lungfishes)

Trophic Level (Ref. 69278)
3.6   ±0.54 se; Based on food items.

Resilience (Ref. 69278)
Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Fec=7)

Vulnerability (Ref. 59153)
Very high vulnerability (90 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Low