Stingray

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Description of the Stingray

The Stingray is a cartilaginous fish which is related to the shark. They are curious fish but larger species can be aggressive and use their inbuilt defensive mechanism - their tail also known as their barb to injury or even kill their attackers. Their flat bodies enable them to conceal themselves from predators and they feed on the ocean floor. There are eight families of Stingrays: Eagle Rays (Myliobatidae), Whiptail Stingrays (Dasyatidae), Sixgill stingray (Hexatrygonidae), Deep water stingray (Plesiobatidae) , stingarees (Urolophidae), Round Rays (Urotrygonidae), River Stingrays (Potamotrygonidae) and Butterfly Rays (Gymnuridae).

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Stingray

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Popular Name: Stingray
Species: Myliobatoidei

Profile of the Stingray
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Stingray species.

  • Diet / Feeding: Crustaceans, Small Fish

  • Temperament: Curious, can be aggressive if attacked but usually only react in self defence

 

Scientific Classification of the Stingray
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Myliobatoidei

  • Popular Name: Stingray

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Chondrichthyes

  • Order: Myliobatiformes

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Stingray?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Stingray slimy?
Stingray secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Stingray to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Stingray have gills?
Gills enable the Stingray to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Stingray have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Stingray has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Stingray has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Stingray has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Stingray has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Stingray

Stingray

  • Interesting Information about Stingray

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Stingray slimy?

  • Why do the Stingray have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Stingray have fins?

  • Species: Myliobatoidei

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