English Names: Common stingaree.
Latin Name: Trygonoptera
Disc slightly rhomboid. Snout rounded.
Body marginally wider than long.
Tail about as long as disc. Dorsum varies from uniformly light brown
to almost black. Some individuals are reported to have black and white tails. Small
dorsal fin in front of tail spines. Well developed upper and lower caudal
length approx 92cm
Intertidal zone to 130m.
The common stingaree is usually found on sand or mud bottoms. Often
near reefs, in bays and in estuaries.
and distribution: Eastern
Australia; from southern Queensland to South Australia.
Behavior: Forages in sand and
mud for crustaceans and worms. Also eats bony fishes and other stingarees.
Southwest Rocks, NSW and Merimbula,
species: The Common Stingaree
shares its range with a number of other species including the Sparsely Spotted
Stingaree (T.paucimaculatus), the Crossback Stingaree (U.cruciatus)
and the undescribed Banded Stingaree (Trygonoptera sp.). All can be
identified by the features that give them their common names.
to divers: Sometimes easy to
approach with slow movements but once startled, remains aloof.
logistics: This is one of the most
encountered by divers in NSW. Any shallow sandy area should yield a few Common
Stingarees. The shore dive off of the beach at Southwest Rocks was particularly
productive for this species.
diving locations submitted by readers:
and further reading:
Sharks and Rays of Australia. Peter Last. CSIRO.
Reef Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott
Sharks and Rays - Elasmobranch Guide of the World. Ralf M. Hennemann. IKAN.