Photo of the Week – Bluespotted Ribbontail Stingray (Taeniura lymma)

Not to be confused with the Bluespotted stingray (Neotrygon kuhlii), this weeks Photo of the Week is a Bluespotted Ribbontail Stingray (Taeniura lymma) , also know as a bluespotted fantail ray, bluespotted lagoon ray, lesser fantail ray and ribbon-tailed stingray.

Found throughout the Indian and Pacific oceans, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed this species as Near Threatened, as it faces widespread habitat degradation and intensive fishing pressure.

Blue spotted stingray (Taeniura lymma) on coral reef.

Blue spotted stingray (Taeniura lymma) on coral reef.

The ray is capable of injuring humans with its venomous spines at the end of the tail, but  it prefers to flee if threatened, and is often found hiding alone inside caves or under coral ledges or other debris during the day. At night, small groups gather and swim onto shallow sandy flats with the rising tide to feed.

This photo is part of my Great Barrier Reef Images project, and was taken using a Canon Powershot G12 and Ikelite V8-Pro LED Video Lite, while diving on Quicksilver’s Silversonic in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

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Carl Chapman

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