Names: Kapala Stingaree, Banded
isc slightly wider than long.
Dorsum mid brown or grey with indistinct thin dark band in front of eyes
parallel to anterior margin. Wider darker band across eyes. Third band blends
into two dark diagonal patches. Occasional small white spots. Small
dorsal fin in front of tail spine. Lateral skin folds on sides of tail. Tail
roughly equal to disc length.
length approx 40cm
Habitat: To 45m.
Near or under rocky reefs and on sand and sea grass flats.
Southern Queensland to southern New South Wales, Australia.
Vulnerability: Listed by the IUCN as near
Merimbula, NSW, Australia.
species: Often mistaken for the
crossback stingaree Urolophus cruciatus
which has similar but more distinctly cross shaped markings. Also similar to the
oval stingaree described from Western Australia.
to divers: Fairly easily
approached with slow movements.
logistics: Although recently
reported in Queensland this species is usualy encountered by divers in southern NSW.
Often found on sand flats adjacent to reefs.
diving locations submitted by readers:
Marine Biologist Dave Harasti photographed the Kapala Stingaree at a dive site named The Pipeline in Port
and further reading:
Sharks and Rays of Australia. Peter Last. CSIRO.
Sharks and Rays Scott Michael
IUCN red list of endangered species.