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    ATLANTIC STINGRAY
    Dasyatis sabina

    Identification
    Color brownish to yellowish brown dorsally and whitish ventrally. Disc corners rounded.  
    Disc width nearly equal to disc length.  Snout pointed and projecting.  Spine near base of
    long whip like tail.  Low dorsal and ventral fin folds on tail which are brown/dusky in color.

    Habitat
    Benthic species.  Inhabits coastal waters, including estuaries, lagoons and sometimes
    rivers.

    Feeding
    Feeds on benthic invertebrates, polychaete worms, small crustaceans, shrimp, crabs,
    mollusks, sometimes small fishes.

    Reproduction
    Aplacental viviparity. One to four pups per litter.

    Size/Age
    Wingspan of up to 2 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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