short-tail stingray, smooth stingray (Dasyatis brevicaudata)
Short-tail stingray (Dasyatis brevicaudata) at Poor Knights, New Zealand.
Date 25 January 2004, 01:01
Author Mark Whatmough http://www.flickr.com/people/12970885@N03
The short-tail stingray or smooth stingray (Dasyatis brevicaudata) is a common species of stingray in the family Dasyatidae. It occurs off southern Africa, typically offshore at a depth of 180–480 m, and off southern Australia and New Zealand, from the intertidal zone to a depth of 156 m. It is mostly bottom-dwelling in nature and can be found across a range of habitats from estuaries to reefs, but also frequently swims into open water. The largest stingray in the world, this heavy-bodied species grows upwards of 2.1 m across and 350 kg in weight.
Species: Dasyatis brevicaudata (F. W. Hutton, 1875)
Trygon brevicaudata F. W. Hutton, 1875
Trygon schreineri Gilchrist, 1913