Latin Name: Urobatis maculatus
to Round stingray but with conspicuous dark spots on disc.
bays, rocky reefs, and sea grass beds. Intertidal to 20m.
and distribution: From the
on the west coast of Baja. Often abundant in shallow bays in the southern
during the day for worms and crustaceans.
Gravid females exude milk from the wall of the uterus.
El Burro, Baja, Mexico.
stingray Urolophus halleri.
to divers: Moves
away upon close approach.
species is easily found whilst snorkelling over sand or near rocky reefs in the
I encountered 5 individuals within about ten minutes whilst snorkelling off the
beach at Mulege. They are also commonly seen in this area whilst diving and I
encountered them at Punta Conception at about 50ft. This site is dived by Cortez
Explorers based in Mulege. South of Mulege at Playa El Burro I snorkelled
off the sandy beach and encountered many (perhaps a hundred or more) in around 3
to 8ft of water. The encounters took place in October.
Update: At Playa
Conception in February I found hundreds of Cortez Round Stingrays over the
course of 3 days. The water temp was a chilly 65 degrees.
diving locations submitted by readers:
and further reading:
Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott W. Michael. Sea Challengers.