The bluespotted ribbontail ray (Taeniura lymma), is a fairly small ray not exceeding 35 cm (14 in) in width. A common species throughout the tropical Indian and western Pacific Oceans, they around found in near shore, coral reef-associated habitats. They also can be found in the intertidal zone to depths of 30 m (100 ft).
They are mostly smooth skinned with large, protruding eyes and a short, thick tail that has a deep fin fold underneath. They are easily identified by the striking colour pattern of multiple electric blue spots on a yellowish backdrop and two blue stripes on the tail. Like other rays, they have venomous tail spines.
Small groups of bluespotted ribbontail rays follow the tide to hunt for benthic invertebrates and bony fishes, going back to the reefs when the tide came back out. They are ovoviviparous, with females giving birth to litters of up to seven pups. They are popular with aquarists thanks to their beautiful colouration and small size, but they don’t fare well in captivity. The IUCN has assessed them as Near Threatened (NT).
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