They are generally found in Indonesia to Japan, and south to Northern Australia. The bluespotted stingray is commonly found in waters of depths about 0–90 being found near rocky coral reefs.
The bluespotted stingray preys on many fish and small molluscs such as shrimp, small bony fish, crabs and other worms. The blue spotted stingray overpowers its prey by pinning them to the bottom of the seafloor with its fins. This ray does not have teeth, instead it has food-crushing plates on the sides of its mouth.
The ray normally lives alone or in small groups. They will bury themselves in the sand to hide from predators.
The bluespotted stingray is ovoviviparous. The embryos are retained in eggs within the mother's body until they are ready to hatch. They can have litters of up to 7 young. They are mini versions of their parents.
Threats include caught in mass in bottom trawl and fish traps, destruction of coral reefs and pollution.
- Latin Name: Neotrygon kuhlii
- Conservation Status: Data Deficient
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