The blotched fantail ray’s disc is circular-shaped, with a marble-looking black and white pattern on its dorsal side. They are rather smooth, lacking spines on its disc. Their disc width can get up to 1.8 m (about 6 ft) and they themselves can grow about 3.3 m (10.8 ft).
Come to think about it, that’s pretty ingenious. A+ blotched fantail ray.
This ray is ovoviviparous, with litters up to seven pups being born. They are fished commercials for its meat and cartilage in some of its regions. Often, they are just mere bycatch.
As this is a stingray, they do possess a venomous barb at the base of its tail and, to record, there has been at least one fatality attributed to this animal. Sarasota Fins advises swimmers to do the “stingray shuffle” when walking across sandy substrate.
These rays are listed as “Vulnerable” (VU) by the IUCN.
Do you live in the United States? You can see these rays at the Georgia Aquarium! Check them out in the Ocean Voyager section. They will be referred to as the “black-blotched stingray” there.
Ever seen this beautiful ray?