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Common Names: Tahitian stingray, pink
whiptail stingray, smalleye stingray.
Rhomboid disc, Snout bluntly pointed. Anterior
margins of disc almost straight. Eyes small. Tail thin and whip-like; 3 times
disc length when intact. Single functional sting present on tail. Smooth dorsum
uniformly pinkish brown or tan. Ventrum pale.
Maximum disc width about 100cm.
Intertidal to at least 200m on sandy bottoms
often adjacent to reefs.
Abundance and distribution:
French Polynesia, Micronesia, Northern Australia to Thailand and
westward to India.
Diet: Crustaceans and probably small fishes. The Tahitian stingray may
have a preference for shrimp as it is often captured by shrimp trawlers.
Rests on sand for much of the day. Occasionally
forms large feeding aggregations at night.
Fakarava Atoll, French Polynesia.
The sharpnose stingray Himantura gerrardi
has the same (sympatric) range as the Tahitian stingray. Its can be
distinguished by its more sharply pointed snout and banded tail. Tail bands may
fade in adults. May also be confused with the
Jenkins whiptail stingray Himantura jenkinsii which has a line of
enlarged denticles along its midline and some blotching on its disc.
Reaction to divers:
Moves away when closely
The Tahitian Stingray is can be seen in shallow bays in the atolls and
islands of French Polynesia. There are organized Tahitian stingray encounters
(stingray feeds) in Moorea and Bora Bora. These feeds also attract lemon sharks
and Indo-Pacific blacktip sharks.
Other diving locations submitted by readers:
for the Tahitian stingray:
費氏窄尾魟 China Main
费氏窄尾魟 China Main
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