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Species: Diplobatis picta, Variegated Electric Ray

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disc oval, front convex
large eyes
irregular, numerous speckles, spots, ocelli, mottl

Diplobatis picta Palmer, 1950

Variegated Electric Ray

Disc slightly oval, with moderately convex front edge; well-developed electrical organs visible as kidney-shaped mounds on either side of the head; nostrils subdivided with two openings; eyes normally developed, not covered by skin; mouth tubular, protractile, teeth entirely inside mouth when it is closed; 2 dorsal fins of equal size; outer part of inner edge of pelvic fins not joined to side of tail; male claspers not continuous with inner edge of pelvic fins; moderately stout tail with skin fold from under rear of 1st dorsal base to origin of tail fin; tail fin well developed, triangular, upper and lower lobes continuous around the tip.

Upper surface highly variable combinations of irregular spots, mottling and ocelli of differing sizes, larger markings towards edges of disc; lower surface white.

Reaches 18 cm.

Benthic on sand and mud bottoms.

Depth range: 2-130 m.

The southern Caribbean to northern Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Vulnerable
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 18
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 130