STINGRAYS
UROTRYGONIDAE
Yellow Stingray
Urobatis jamaicensis
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Ben, S 75 Cru (Pisc, Mol, Wor) I F
 
 
Description:
Fish dorso-ventrally flattened, with a
rounded snout and rounded pectoral fins, which give them a disc-like shape. Back yellowish brown with numerous pale and dark spots and blotches. The color can change dramatically. Mouth on the underside of the head. Tail stout with a venomous spine near the end.

Ecology
Commonly found along sandy beaches to the water's edge, and especially in sandy areas in and around coral reefs to depths of 160m. Raises front end of disc to attract prey seeking shelter. Feeds on shrimps, probably also on small fishes, clams, and worms

Life Cycle:
Birth takes place in seagrass beds in the Summer. Non-placental vivipary with litters of 2 to 5.
Yellow Stingray
Yellow Stingray
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