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Species: Dasyatis dipterura, Diamond stingray, Shortail stingray, Whiptail stingray

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rows thorns: 3 on back, 1 on tail base
tail ~ disc length
tail: folds above & below short, lower fold higher.

Dasyatis dipterura (Jordan & Gilbert, 1880)

Diamond stingray, Shortail stingray, Whiptail stingray

Disc oval to roughly diamond-shaped, broader than long; front-side margins of disc nearly straight; snout pointed, very slightly projecting; tail slightly longer than length of disc; tail fin absent, but fin folds on upper and lower surface of tail, upper fold short and low, lower fold longer and deeper, both folds end abruptly at the same place on the taill; upper surface of disc mainly smooth except for a long central row of thorns on back and base of tail, that is flanked on each side by short row of thorns or spines on middle of disc.

Generally dark brown or blackish without distinctive markings.

Maximum length, 180 cm (disc width 122 cm).

Inhabits sand-mud bottoms.

Depth: 0-70 m.

Southern California to Peru.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Mud
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Live birth
  • No pelagic phase
  • No pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 180
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 70