Names: Spotted stingaree
Latin Name: Urolophus
Disc round without prominent point on snout.
Roughly circular, light grey, broken spots
create a pattern covering most of the black or darker dorsum. Usually dark in front of eyes,
and centrally behind eyes extending into two dark patches on real half of
pectoral fins. Pattern of spots extends
along tail. Two color forms from the eastern and western range may be distinct
species. Sinclair's stingaree (urolophus sp.) may be the western color
form, a juvenile of the U. gigas, or a distinct species.
length approx 70cm
Habitat: 2 - 50m.
Often seen buried in sandy sea grass areas. The specimen a
under a rocky reef.
Southern Australia, from Victoria and Northern Tasmania to at least Albany, WA.
Buries during the day.
Albany, Western Australia.
species: Circular stingaree
- Urolophus circularis
shares its western range. A rarely encountered species exibiting a
distinct pattern of circular spots similar to U. gigas and Urolophus
sp. but without their dark bat-shaped patches.
to divers: The specimen above completely ignored the photographer but
this species may be more skittish when encountered in the open.
logistics: Divers usually
encounter this species while swimming over sea grass beds. Anywhere in the
southern Australian area is probably good for sightings. As I have
only encountered this specimen in WA I would like information on common sighting
areas further east.
diving locations submitted by readers:
and further reading:
Sharks and Rays of Australia. Peter Last. CSIRO.
Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott W. Michael. Sea Challengers.
Sharks and Rays - Elasmobranch Guide of the World. Ralf M. Hennemann. IKAN.