The Fins United Initiative is happy to introduce you to the red-blotched river stingray, scientifically known as Potamotrygon ocellata.
Scientists have virtually no information on this freshwater stingray, found in the Amazon from the Pedreira River and south of Mexiana Island in the Amazon River. It is currently assessed as Data Deficient, but it faces many threats such as residential and commercial development, agriculture and aquaculture, farming, and dams/water management plans.
The freshwater red-blotched river stingray has been measured at a maximum length of 20 cm disc width (DW) (Reis et al. 2003). Not much else is currently known of this species, but some scientists have suggested that the red-blotched river stingray may be synonymous with Potamotrygon motoro.
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