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    SOUTHERN STINGRAY
    Dasyatis americana



    Identification
    Color brownish dorsally and whitish ventrally.
    Disc broad angular (rhomboid) with pointed
    corners.  Snout moderate, not protrusive.  
    Spine near base of long whip like tail.  
    Well developed ventral fin fold on tail, dark
    brown to black in color. Dorsal fin fold on tail
    absent.

    Habitat
    Inhabits coastal waters including ocean beaches, bays, estuaries, and river mouths.
    Generally found near shore on grass and sand/mud flats but does venture into deeper
    coastal waters up to ~200 feet.

    Feeding
    Benthic feeder. Feeds mainly on bivalves and marine worms and also takes shrimp,
    crabs, and small fishes.

    Reproduction
    Aplacental viviparity. Up to seven pups per litter.

    Size/Age
    Wingspan of 4-5 feet and weigh up to around 200 pounds.

    Human Factors
    Observed singly, in pairs, and in aggregations. 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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