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Common Names: Round stingray, Round
fantail stingray, Round fantail ray.
Circular disc, tail slightly shorter than disc
length, sting present on tail. Dorsum brown or olive grey with scattered small dark spots and
blotches. Ventrum pale yellow/cream.
Maximum disc width about 100cm.
10 to 300m on sand or mud sometimes around reefs.
Abundance and distribution:
Eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean, Red Sea and western Indian Ocean. In the
Atlantic from Canary Islands and Cape Verde Islands and along the African
coastline from Mauritania to Angola. Sightings of
round stingrays in the southern Mediterranean are less common.
Diet and Behavior:
Diet consists of benthic fishes and
El Cabron Marine Park, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands.
There are a number of other dasyatid rays that
share their range with the round stingray but none have the same body shape. Two
similar species are the Thorntail stingray
Dasyatis centroura and the Common stingray
Reaction to divers:
Moves away only when closely
The Round Stingray is frequently encountered while diving around the Canary
Islands. Many dive shops should be able to show you sites where this species
occurs. A good place to start would be by attending the
stingray feed at Los Gigantes on Tenerife.
Other diving locations submitted by readers:
for the round stingray:
Round fantail stingray