Stingrays: Bluntnose Stingray

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BLUNTNOSE STINGRAY
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Identification
Color brownish dorsally and whitish ventrally. Broad rounded disc.  Snout short, relatively blunt (hence the name 'bluntnose').  Spine near base of long whip like tail.  Well developed dorsal and ventral fin folds on tail which are dark brown to black in color.

Habitat
Inhabits coastal waters including ocean beaches, bays, estuaries, and river mouths.  Generally found near shore on grass and sand/mud flats.

Feeding
Bottom feeder.  Feeds on small fish, clams, marine worms, and crustaceans (i.e. shrimp, crabs).

Reproduction
Aplacental viviparity. Two to four pups per litter.

Size/Age
Wingspan up to 3 feet.

Human Factors
Non-aggressive species of little danger to humans with the exception of their defensive venomous barb located near the base of the tail.  Avoid handling or exercise extreme caution. Do the "Stingray shuffle".



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