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Not just Shark Pictures: Elasmodiver contains photos of sharks, skates, rays, and chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web based shark field guide to help divers find the best places to encounter the different species of sharks and rays that live in shallow water but it has slowly evolved into a much larger project containing information on all aspects of shark diving and shark photography.

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MARBLED RIBBONTAIL RAY / BLOTCHED STINGRAY

 

Photograph copyright Andy Murch

View all available Marble Ray Pictures in the Shark Pictures Database

Common Names: Marble ray, Marbled ribbontail ray, Marbled fantail ray, Blotched ribbontail ray, Blotched fantail ray

Latin Name: Taeniura meyeni, Taeniura melanospilos

Family: Dasyatidae

Identification: Rounded disc grey with dense covering of black spots.

Size: Maximum disc width 1.6m

 Habitat: Sandy bays, rocky and coral reefs, estuaries, and lagoons.

Abundance and distribution: Through out the east and west pacific and from the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. Very common around the Galapagos and Cocos Island. 

Behavior: Rests on sand. Forages for bivalves, shrimps, crabs and bottom fishes.

Reproduction: Ovoviviparous. litter up to 7.

Observations: Scott Micheal notes a report of one Marbled ray killing a diver with its barb.

Photographs: Cocos Island (Costa Rica), Ningaloo Reef (Western Australia).

Similar species: Blotched fantail ray Taeniura meyeni. more densely covered in black spots and blotches forming a black mat.  

Reaction to divers: Moves away upon close approach.  

Diving logistics: Probably the best encounters available with this ray are at Cocos Island off of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and in the Galapagos. At certain times at these locations (probably related to mating) hundreds of rays gather together and can be spotted on a single dive. Diving at Cocos is strictly liveaboard only with two operators presently running 1 to 2 week trips. See the link to the Undersea Hunter and Inula Diving on the Links page.

Other diving locations submitted by readers:

References and further reading:

Reef Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott W. Michael. Sea Challengers.

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