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.
Other Names: Rays,
Stingray in Foreign Languages:
Portuguese: Arraia / Raia
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
Habitat: Stingrays are most commonly
found in the shallow coastal waters of temperate
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
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