Common Stingray Dasyatis pastinaca

Common Stingray
Common Stingray
Common Stingray
The Common Stingray is native to sandy coasts, reefs and estuaries of the northeastern Atlantic including the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Canaries and Azores.
Common Stingray
Common Stingray
Common Stingray
It is usually about half a metre wide but can grow to nearly 1.5 metres wide and 2.5 metres long including its tail. The tail has a venomous spine about a third of the way along.
Common Stingray
Common Stingray
Common Stingray
The underside, like most rays, is mainly white and contains the mouth, giving a ghostly facelike appearance. The pectoral fins (wings) of stingrays join at the snout, unlike those of eagle rays.
Common Stingray
Common Stingray
Common Stingray
Upper body colour is a plain brownish, olive or grey. There are "spiracles" above the eye for breathing when the gills are buried in the sand. Prey includes crustaceans, molluscs, cephalopods and small fish, mostly dregged up from the sand and coralled towards the mouth using the body and fins.