The ocellate river stingray (Potamotrygon motoro), is also known as the 'peacock-eye stingray' or the 'black river stingray.' It is a beautiful species of freshwater stingray in the Potamotrygonidae family- yup, a whole family of FRESHWATER STINGRAYS! In fact, this was the first species described in that family! It is also the most widespread. You can find it throughout much of the Río de la Plata, Amazon, Mearim and Orinoco basins in South America. You may have seen these animals before in aquariums.
We have talked about the elephants on the sea before. The one we're about to introduce you to is Callorhinchus callorynchus, also known as the ploughnose chimaera or plownose chimaera.
Curious about the Chondrichthyans of the United Arab Emirates and West Africa? Have no fear, this latest Behind the Fins interview will shed some light on those who call these waters home!
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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