Animal Species:Common Stingaree, Trygonoptera testacea Müller & Henle, 1841
The Common Stingaree occurs from southern Queensland to southern New South Wales where it is commonly observed in shallow coastal estuaries and reefs. At least six species of stingarees are known to live along the New South Wales coast making it often very difficult to identify an individual in the wild.
The Common Stingaree is dark brown to grey above and white below. It has a small dorsal fin or a narrow ridge of skin in front of one or two strong, venomous spines on the tail, and a leaf-shaped caudal fin. The shape of the caudal fin is one of the characteristics which separate the stingarees (family Urolophidae) from the other rays including the stingrays (family Dasyatididae) and the skates (family Rajidae).
At least six species of stingarees are known to live along the New South Wales coast. They can be very difficult to identify.
This species grows to 47cm in length.
The Common Stingaree occurs from southern Queensland to southern New South Wales.
Distribution by collection data
The Common Stingaree is most often observed in shallow coastal estuaries and reefs.
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Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags fish, ichthyology, Common Stingaree, Trygonoptera testacea, Wildlife of Sydney, Urolophidae, dark brown, grey, white underside, shallow water, coastal estuaries, coral reef, venomous, leaf-shaped caudal, 30 cm - 1 m, marine, adult,