The common stingaree (Trygonoptera testacea) is a species of stingray in the family Urolophidae and have a leaf-shaped caudal fin. Why do we say that right off the bat? Well, that is just one of the differences between the stingarees (family Urolophidae) and the stingrays (family Dasyatididae) and skates (family Rajidae).
The common stingaree is a dark brown color above (or sometimes a grey-ish hue) that lightens to a creamy color below. This animal has a small dorsal fin in front of one (or sometimes even TWO) venomous spines on the tail! They can get up to 47cm in length and are seen from southern Queensland to southern New South Wales in Australia. Here, it is seen in shallow coastal estuaries, sandy flats, and reefs; when not resting, it hunts for shrimp (if a juvenile) or polychaete worms (if an adult). Females are viviparous with yolk-sac and give birth to an average of two pups. IUCN has them assessed as Least Concern (LC).
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