disc. Disc margins almost straight. Disc grayish brown to reddish brown. Tail
about twice body length. Dorsal finfold absent but with low dorsal keel. Ventral
finfold low and long, from base of spine to around half way along tail.
Tubercles on shoulders. Eyes small. Ventrum pale.
width to more than one meter.
or rubble adjacent to coral or rocky reefs.
in sand during the day.
witnessed many longtail stingrays cruising between reefs at Cabo Pulmo during
the middle of the day. They did not appear to be feeding at this time.
Isla Iguana, Panama.
stingray – Dasyatis dipterura.
to divers: Skittish.
Moves away when approached.
species can be encountered around the reefs of Cabo Pulmo especially at Los
Morros where it often aggregates with Diamond stingrays. Sightings may be
seasonal and these photographs were taken in October. Pepe Dive Centre in Cabo
Pulmo can arrange transportation to the reefs and a dive master which is
required in the marine park.
diving locations submitted by readers:
and further reading:
Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott W. Michael. Sea Challengers.