Names: Sinclair's stingaree,
Spotted stingaree, Sinclairs stingray, Circular stingaree.
Latin Name: Urolophus
sp. or possibly Urolophus gigas.
Disc circular with small point on snout.
Light grey dorsum with dark
patches. Light ringed spot at centre of central dark patch on back surrounded by
a circle of light ringed spots. More dark and light spots moving outwards but
fading towards disc margin. Vague spots extend along tail. This may be the
western color variation of the Spotted stingaree (Urolophus gigas), a
juvenile version of U. gigas, or a distinct
length at least 60cm
5 - 120m.
Occasionally seen on rocky offshore reefs.
Rottnest Island south to Esperance, Western Australia.
Remains motionless on reef during the day.
Albany, Western Australia.
species: Circular stingaree
- Urobatis circularis
has similar ringed spots but is distingiushed by lack of dark bat-shaped patches. Also shares its range with the Spotted
stingaree - Urolophus gigas (distinguished by broken spots on more
uniform background). May be a color variant of the same species.
to divers: Very patient when
approached closely on rebreather.
logistics: Divers occasionally
encounter this species while exploring Michaelmus and Breaksea Islands close to
Albany, Western Australia. Uwe at Albany Dive runs daily charters to the
islands and is always willing to help look for sharks and rays.
diving locations submitted by readers:
and further reading:
Sharks and Rays of Australia. Peter Last. CSIRO.
Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott W. Michael. Sea Challengers.
Sharks and Rays - Elasmobranch Guide of the World. Ralf M. Hennemann. IKAN.