Taeniura lymma has very distinct feeding behaviors. During high tide, it migrates in groups into shallow sandy areas of tidal flats to feed on sand worms, Decapoda, Pleocyemata, and small Actinopterygii. At low tide it recedes back into the ocean, usually alone to hide in the coral crevices of the reef. (Taylor, 1997)
Blue-spotted stingrays will feed on many things such as Actinopterygii, Decapoda, Decapoda, Polychaeta and other benthic invertebrates. Since the mouth is located on the underside of the body, food is trapped by pressing the prey into the substrate with their discs. The food is then directed into the mouth by maneuvering the disc over the prey. (McEachran, 2004)
Taeniura lymma can detect its prey through an electroreceptor system. The nostrils are partly covered with a broad fleshy lobe, known as the internasal flap. This is covered in sensory pores and extends to the mouth. These pores form part of the ampullae of Lorenzini (the electrorecption system.) This electroreceptor system can detect electrical fields produced by the prey. This electroreceptor system cannot only be used to detect prey but can also be used to detect predators and other members of the same species. (Taylor, 1997)
- Taylor, M. 1997. Sharks & Rays. Sydney, AU: Time-Life Books.