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Stingrays are members of a family of rays related to skates and sharks. The manta ray is the largest species of the rays. Mantas have a variety of common names, including Atlantic manta, Pacific manta, devilfish, and just manta. At one time it was thought that there were many species of manta.


Stingrays

Stingrays are a large group of over 300 fish species, which includes skates, stingrays, mantarays and guitar fish. Stingrays are cartilaginous fish that are related to the shark family.

Stingray Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Superorder: Batoidea

Other Names: Rays,

Stingray in Foreign Languages:

Croatian:
Raža
Dutch:
Rog
Finnish:
Rausku
French: raie
German: Rochen
Hungarian: Rája
Italian: Razza
Latvian: Raja
Polish: Plaszczka
Portuguese: Arraia / Raia
Spanish: Raya
Swedish: Rocka

Size: Stingrays may be as small as a few inches or up to 5 to 7 feet long. Large stingrays measure up to 7 feet across and can weigh up to 790 lbs.

Habitat: Stingrays are most commonly found in the shallow coastal waters of temperate seas.

Description: Stingrays are large and flat. Stingrays have a barbed "stinger" on the end of their tail, that they use defensively. Stingrays have eyes on the top of their body and mouths are on the underside.

Diet: Rays are carnivores and feed on bottom-dwelling fish, mollusks, crustaceans, clams, oysers and some species feed on plankton.

Communication: Stingrays communicate through electric signals and body language to communicate their feelins.

Did You Know?

Stingrays can live in salt water or brackish waters.

Gestation: Stingrays carry their young for approximately 9 months.

Birth: Stingrays give live birth to litters of between 5 and 15 babies. Baby stingrays are born with the ability to swim about and hunt with their mother.

Life Span: Stingrays typically live 15 to 25 years in the wild.

Did You Know?

tingray venom was used as an anaesthetic in ancient Greece

Social Structure: Most ray species are solitary.


Stingray

Conservation Status: Some species are Vulnerable or Endangered











Ray Gifts


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