Blue-spotted Stingray, Blue-spotted Ray, Bluespot Stingray, Blue Dot Ray, Blue Dot Stingray, Blue-spotted Fantail Ray, Fantail Stingray, Lesser Fantail Ray, Lagoon Ray, Blue Spotted Lagoon Ray, Reef Ray, Bluespotted Reef Ray, Bluespotted Reef Stingray, Ribbontail Stingray, Ribbon-Tailed Stingray.
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Also known as Blue-spotted Stingray, Blue-spotted Ray, Bluespot Stingray, Blue Dot Ray, Blue Dot Stingray, Blue-spotted Fantail Ray, Fantail Stingray, Lesser Fantail Ray, Lagoon Ray, Blue Spotted Lagoon Ray, Reef Ray, Bluespotted Reef Ray, Bluespotted Reef Stingray, Ribbontail Stingray and Ribbon-Tailed Stingray.
Found singly in estuaries and on coral reefs.
This beautiful solitary ray covered in blue spots with a blue band along the tail, often buried in sand with just the eyes showing.
They feed on bivalves, shrimps, crabs, octopus and worms.
Disc - 90cm
Depth - 1-20m
Widespread Asian Pacific
Rays are bottom feeders, they settle themselves down over their prey, trapping them against the substrate with their disc, then flexing their disc flaps and manoeuvring the victims into their mouths.
Most rays live in the sea, but some can be found in estuaries, often hard to see as they can be buried in the sand, occasionally they can be seen leaping out of the water.
As a form of defence rays have electric organs while others have venomous spines.
Usually rays will swim out of harms way if approached, however they can give a nasty sting which could prove fatal.
Never swim over the top of large rays, they think you are a predator and are likely to whip their tails in defense! (as happened to Steve Irwin)
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