Dasyatis hastata (DeKay, 1842)
Dasyatis hastata
photo by Modder, T.

Family:  Dasyatidae (Stingrays), subfamily: Dasyatinae
Max. size:  104 cm WD (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal,
Distribution:  Atlantic Ocean (Ref. 81259, 7397).
Diagnosis:  Description: A large stingray; disc rhombic, its anterior margins forming an obtuse angle (Ref. 81259). Dorsal surface partially rough, with scattered dermal denticles, more concentrated on head and trunk; an irregular mid-dorsal row of backward-pointing thorny tubercles with oval bases embedded in the skin, as well as two parallel scapular segments of small, irregular tubercles (Ref. 81259). Tail whip-like and spinous behind the sting, with a dorsal ridge and a well developed ventral fold as high as tail depth (Ref. 81259). Colouration: Back greenish-grey-brown; belly white, pectoral margins slightly darkened; tail brownish behind the sting, ventral tail fold blackish (Ref. 81259).
Biology:  A coastal species, occasionally entering lagoons, shallow bays and estuaries (Ref. 81259). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 06.08.03
Modified by: Boden, Gert - 21.11.14

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