As many stingarees, the patchwork stingaree (Urolophus flavomosaicus) is a little known species! In the Urolophidae family, they have a beautiful mosaic pattern lines and dark brown rings with pale pink-colored centres. They have a short, flattened tail that has a leaf-like caudal fin. But the leaf is guarded by a venomous serrated spine- watch out!
#Finfact: This is the largest stingaree in northern Australia and occurs on both the coasts (east/west). They can get up to a total length of at least 325 mm! They are endemic to this area, found off Western Australia to Queensland. Observed on the continental shelf and upper slope down to 60-320 metres, they seem to like soft-bottom habitats like sand or mud. The IUCN has assessed them as Least Concern (LC).
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