It is also commonly encountered in the intertidal zone and tidal pools, and has been sighted near seagrass beds. [5][15], Known predators of the bluespotted ribbontail ray include hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna) and bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops); it is also potentially preyed upon by other large fishes and marine mammals. Because of its beauty and size, the bluespotted ribbontail ray is popular with private aquarists despite being poorly suited to captivity. [13] The bluespotted ribbontail ray excavates sand pits in search of molluscs, polychaete worms, shrimps, crabs, and small benthic bony fishes; when prey is located, it is trapped by the body of the ray and maneuvered into the mouth with the disc. Raja lymma Forsskål, 1775Trygon ornatus Gray, 1830. [13][16] When threatened, this ray tends to flee at high speed in a zigzag pattern, to throw off pursuers. [1][8] Every summer, considerable numbers of bluespotted ribbontail rays arrive off South Africa. [1][15], The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has assessed the bluespotted ribbontail ray as Near Threatened. It is a fairly small ray, not exceeding 35 cm (14 in) in width, with a mostly smooth, oval pectoral fin disc, large protruding eyes, and a relatively short and thick tail with a deep fin fold underneath. It is rare in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. The bluespotted ribbontail ray was originally described as Raja lymma by Swedish naturalist Peter Forsskål, in his 1775 Descriptiones Animalium quae in itinere ad maris australis terras per annos 1772, 1773, et 1774 suscepto collegit, observavit, et delineavit Joannes Reinlioldus Forster, etc., curante Henrico Lichtenstein. Not to be confused with the bluespotted stingray, Neotrygon kuhlii.. [13][15] Males attain sexual maturity at a disc width of 20–21 cm (7.9–8.3 in); the maturation size of females is unknown. [10][14], Breeding in the bluespotted ribbontail ray occurs from late spring to summer; the male follows the female and nips at her disc, eventually biting and holding onto her for copulation. Reproduction is aplacental viviparous, with females giving birth to litters of up to seven young. Best to feed small amounts several times a day. Found from the intertidal zone to a depth of 30 m (100 ft), this species is common throughout the tropical Indian and western Pacific Oceans in nearshore, coral reef-associated habitats. © 2020 Getty Images. Caution should be taken when netting it, or when it is not visible and maintenance is performed in the aquarium. This repository is populated with tens of thousands of assets and should be your first stop for asset selection. It can be easily identified by its striking color pattern of many electric blue spots on a yellowish background, with a pair of blue stripes on the tail. Les tableaux sont le meilleur endroit pour sauvegarder des images et des vidéos. Bluespotted stingray or blue-spotted stingray may refer to several species: . [34] It seldom fares well in captivity and few hobbyists are able to maintain one for long. Le design Getty Images est une marque de Getty Images. Rassembler, sélectionner et commenter vos fichiers. [14] There is also a documented instance of a male holding onto the disc of a smaller male bluespotted stingray (Dasyatis kuhlii), in a possible case of mistaken identity. {{familyColorButtonText(}}. Bluespotted stingray facts! Bluespottted Stingrays stays relatively small in comparison to most ray species, but still require a … [5] Morphological examination has suggested that the bluespotted ribbontail ray is more closely related to the amphi-American Himantura (H. pacifica and H. schmardae) and the river stingrays (Potamotrygonidae) than to the congeneric blotched fantail ray (T. meyeni), which is closer to Dasyatis and Indo-Pacific Himantura.