The Banded Stingaree, Urolophus cruciatus, is also known as the Crossback Stingaree and an endemic species to Australia. Easily recognized by its distinctive pattern of dark bars across their dorsal side, they are otherwise pale coloured to blend in with their surrounding sandy environment.
Reaching a total length (TL) of about 50 cm, they are rarely seen in waters less than 25 m from southern New South Wales to eastern South Australia including Tasmania. Recorded from the continental shelf, they are an abundant species who eat isopods and polychaetes. The banded stingaree is viviparous with yolk-sac and sexually mature at about six (6) years of age; their maximum age is at least 11 years. The IUCN has assessed these animals as Least Concern (LC).
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