Animal Species:Bluespotted Fantail Ray, Taeniura lymma (Forsskål, 1775)
The Bluespotted Fantail Ray is a common species throughout much of the Indo-West Pacific. It occurs in shallow tropical marine waters, feeding on molluscs on the rising tide.
The Bluespotted Fantail Ray can be recognised by the blue spots on the disc and pelvic fins, and by the stripe along either side of the tail. There are usually two stings located well back on the tail.
The species grows to a length of 70 cm and a disc width of 30 cm.
It is a common species throughout much of the Indo-West Pacific.
In Australia it is recorded in shallow tropical marine waters from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north, and south to the northern coast of New South Wales.
Distribution by collection data
In occurs in shallow tropical marine waters.
Feeding and Diet
Bluespotted Fantail Rays are known to migrate in large schools into shallow water to feed on molluscs on the rising tide. On the falling tide the fish move back into deeper water to shelter under ledges and in caves.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 1994 Sharks and Rays of Australia. CSIRO. Pp. 513.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Bluespotted Fantail Ray, Taeniura lymma, Dasyatidae, ray, marine, adult, tropical water, shallow water, blue spots, dots/spots, stripes or bands, two stings, 30 cm - 1 m, Indo-West Pacific,