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Urotrygonidae
ROUND RAYS
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Urotrygonidae
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Urotrygonidae
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Urotrygonidae
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Overview
Main identification features
  • round flat disc
  • no ds
  • tail: =/ greater than disc, + spine(s), + c
FAMILY UROTRYGONIDAE

ROUND STINGRAYS, ROUND RAYS

The members of this family are similar in general appearance to the dasyatid stingrays and some authors lump them together in the same family. However, they differ from stingrays with regards to the length and shape of the tail. The tail is significantly shorter than in stingrays, being about equal to the disc length and there is a well developed tail fin.

Round rays are inhabitants of all tropical and warm temperate seas, usually occurring in shallow coastal waters, lagoons, and estuaries. A few species range to depths below 100 m on continental shelves. The family contains approximately 40 species in 3 genera. Twelve species in two genera occur in the eastern tropical Pacific.


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