Taeniura lymma is a colorful stingray with distinct, large, bright blue spots on its oval, elongated body. The snout is rounded and angular with broad outer corners. The tail tapers and can be equal to or slightly less than the body length when intact. Its caudal fin is broad and reaches to the tip of the tail. At the tip of the tail are two sharp venomous spines which permit this ray to strike at enemies forward of its head. The tail of Taeniura lymma can be easily recognized by the blue side-stripes found on either side. It has large spiracles that lie very close to its large eyes. It can grow to a disc diameter of about 25 cm but has been reported as being as large as 95 cm in diameter. The mouth is found on the underside of the body along with the gills. Within the mouth are two plates, which are used for crushing the shells of crabs, prawns, and mollusks.
Range length: 95 (high) cm.
Average length: 25 cm.
Other Physical Features: ectothermic ; bilateral symmetry ; venomous
- McEachran, J. 2004. "Species Summary for *Taeniura lymma*" (On-line). Accessed 11/05/04 at http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?ID=5399&genusname=Taeniura&speciesname=lymma.
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