Its distinguishing is its elongated snout. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Description The Atlantic Stingray (Hypanus Sabina) is a species of stingray common along the Atlantic coast of North America from Chesapeake Bay to Mexico, including brackish and freshwater habitats. It can be difficult to remove from a wound because of the back-facing barbs. Brian Mitchell with MBFD said the department has used four stingray kits since the end of May to treat symptoms or wounds similar to a stingray envenomation. The tail is long and whip-like, with a serrated spine measuring a quarter of the width of the disk. It may be distinguished from other stingrays in the area by its relatively elongated snout. A known parasite of freshwater Atlantic stingrays is Argulus, a fish louse that feeds on skin mucus. [2] This species is of little commercial importance,[3] other than for sale in the aquarium industry. According to representatives with SCDNR, the state is home to a number of stingray species; some with stingers, or barbs, and some without. The southern stingray (Hypanus americanus) is a whiptail stingray found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Western Atlantic Ocean from New Jersey to southern Brazil. Despite an encounter with a stingray being purely accidental, those who are stung should immediately seek medical treatment to ensure the barb is safely removed or apply very hot water to the wound to ease the pain while awaiting medical care. The Atlantic stingray (Hypanus sabinus) is a species of stingray in the family Dasyatidae, common along the Atlantic coast of North America from Chesapeake Bay to Mexico, including brackish and freshwater habitats. They prefer water temperatures over 15 °C (59 °F) and can tolerate temperatures over 30 °C (86 °F). [2][8][9], This species inhabits shallow coastal waters over sandy or silty bottoms, estuaries, and lakes. Injuries are common among surf fishermen in southern waters who accidentally step on the animals. Exclusive Grand Strand neighborhood the Grand Dunes in midst of war between Golf Village Property Owners’ Association and new homeowner over roof design. Myrtle Beach Fire Department arrived at the beach access for 24th Avenue North around 11:30 a.m. Thursday to treat a beachgoer who encountered a stingray while spending time at Myrtle Beach. While the stung beach-goer might not have expected to spend her day in pain, experts say spotting stingrays in the ocean is much higher in the spring and summer seasons when swimming activities increase. 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T60158A104136233.en, 10.1643/0045-8511(2001)001[0615:PRWTSG]2.0.CO;2, "Reproductive Life History of the Atlantic Stingray, Dasyatis Sabina (Pisces, Dasyatidae), in the Freshwater St. Johns River, Florida",, Taxonbars with automatically added original combinations, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 June 2020, at 18:58. Common Names: Atlantic Stingray, "whip-tailed rays". [1] However, some localized freshwater populations have shown reduced health and reproduction due to declining water quality.[2]. The Atlantic stingray was described by French naturalist Charles Alexandre Lesueur as Trygon sabina, in an 1824 volume of the Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. [2][7], Larger Atlantic stingrays develop tubercles or thorns along the midline of the back to the origin of the tail spine. [4] Since then, various authors have included this species in the obsolete genera Pastinaca, Dasybatus (or the variants Dasibatis and Dasybatis), and Amphotistius, all of which were eventually synonymized with the genus Dasyatis. Marine males mature at a disk width of 20 cm (7.9 in) and females at a disk width of 24 cm (9.4 in). [6], The Atlantic Stingray is found in the western Atlantic Ocean from Chesapeake Bay southward to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, to as far as Campeche, Mexico. [10] Numerous species of sharks, such as the tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) and the bull shark (Carcharhinas leucas), are major predators of the Atlantic stingray. However, Atlantic and southern stingrays are two of the most common barbed species found in coastal South Carolina waters. She is dedicated to the values of journalism by listening, learning, seeking out the truth and reporting it accurately. Non-aggressive species of little danger to humans except for their defensive venomous barb located near the base of the tail. Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. The snout is relatively long. Anna Young joined The Sun News in 2019 and has spent her time covering the Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach governments, while providing valuable insight to the community at large. Courtship involves the male following the female and biting at her body and fins, and the male will grip onto the female's pectoral fin to assist in copulation. [1] Records of this species from Grenada, Suriname, and Brazil are doubtful and may represent other species. [2], One of the smallest stingray species, the Atlantic stingray attains a maximum length of 61 cm (24 in) and a weight of 4.9 kg (11 lb).