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Common stingray

Dasyatis pastinica

Common stingray

Common stingray, © Peter Verhoog, Dutch Shark Society

The common stingray is a member of the family of the stingrays (Dasyatidae) and the order of the skates and rays (Rajaformes).


The common stingray lives over sandy and mud bottoms, and can occasionally be found in estuaries and near rocky patches. It feeds on fish, crustaceans and mollusks, and has a preference for feeding on mussel colonies, where it can cause considerable damage. The common stingray has a venomous tail spine with barbs, that can be 35 cm long, able to cause serious injuries in people, e.g. when the animal is disturbed by bathers in shallow waters or when molested by divers of anglers.


This stingray is ovoviparous, the embryos initially feed on yolk and then receive additional nourishment from the mother by indirect absorption of uterine fluid enriched with mucus, fat or protein through specialized structures. The litter consists of four to nine pups, that measure 20 cm at birth. Reproduction generally between September and May, probably twice per year.


  • Maximum length: 140 cm diameter, total length 245 cm
  • Maximum weight:  ?
  • Maximum lifespan: ? years
  • Habitat: 0 to 200 meter depth
  • Catches:  the ‘wings’ can be sold smoked, dried and salted, the rays are also used for their oil en for fishmeal. These animals are often caught as bycatch, but there are some small-scale targeted fishers with trawl nets and longlines. There are not exact data about these catches. The common stingray is a popular gamefish in the Eastern Schelde and the Waddenzee
  • Status: ‘Data Deficient’on the international IUCN Red List (




Source: Fishbase







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