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    YELLOW STINGRAY
    Urobatis jamaicensis


    Identification
    Disc round.  Yellowish in color with darker vermiculations or spots dorsally, whitish below.
    Tail stout with caudal fin well developed (rounded).  No dorsal fin.  Venomous spine
    located just anterior to the caudal fin.

    Habitat
    Commonly found along sandy beaches to the water's edge, and especially in sandy areas
    in and around coral reefs.  Found to depths of ~80 feet.

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

    Reproduction
    Aplacental viviparity. Three to four pups per litter.

    Size/Age
    Wingspan up to 14 inches.

    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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