Common Stingaree, Trygonoptera testacea Müller & Henle, 1841
The Common Stingaree occurs from southern Queensland to southern New South Wales where it is commonly observed in shallow coastal estuaries and reefs. At least six species of stingarees are known to live along the New South Wales coast making it often very difficult to identify an individual in the wild.
The Common Stingaree is dark brown to grey above and white below. It has a small dorsal fin or a narrow ridge of skin in front of one or two strong, venomous spines on the tail, and a leaf-shaped caudal fin. The shape of the caudal fin is one of the characteristics which separate the stingarees (family Urolophidae) from the other rays including the stingrays (family Dasyatididae) and the skates (family Rajidae).
At least six species of stingarees are known to live along the New South Wales coast. They can be very difficult to identify.
The Common Stingaree is most often observed in shallow coastal estuaries and reefs.
The Common Stingaree occurs from southern Queensland to southern New South Wales.
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