Blue spotted ribbontail ray, Blue spotted fantail ray, Blue spotted stingray
Latin Name: Taeniura lymma
Oval Yellow/brown disc covered in iridescent blue spots.
Blue lines run from mid dorsum to tip of tail. Long, thin blue caudal finfold.
One or two blue tail stings. Eyes bulbously positioned on top of head.
Disc width 90cm
bays, rocky and coral reefs, Intertidal to 20m.
and distribution: Through out the indo pacific from the red sea to
South East Asia.
Commonly seen on reefs through out the region.
Rests under coral overhangs during the day but rarely buries in the sand.
Forages for worms, shrimps, and hermit crabs at night.
Reef, Western Australia.
Blue spotted (Kuhl's)
stingray – Dasyatis kuhlii.
to divers: Moves
away upon close approach.
species is easily spotted over vast reef stretches through out the region.
Expect encounters on most reef dives throughout South East Asia. I have
encountered this ray on most Indonesian dives and many at Ningaloo W.A.
diving locations submitted by readers:
and further reading:
Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott W. Michael. Sea Challengers.
and Rays - Elasmobranch Guide of the World. Ralf M. Hennemann. IKAN.