The coastal stingaree is a rare endemic of southern Australian waters and is seldom seen in the wild (3). As with most rays, the body of this species is flattened and disc-shaped, with the pectoral fins broadly expanded and fused with the head and trunk. Characteristic of the round ray or stingaree family (Urolophidae
), the coastal stingaree possesses a remarkably circular-shaped body disc. Like other rays, this species has a long, relatively narrow tail that is distinctly demarcated from the disc-like body. Most species of stingaree possess one or more long venomous spines about half way down their tail (2). In addition to this defensive poisonous sting, most stingarees have cryptic coloration, which acts as camouflage in the sandy or rocky bottom of their habitat (4). The coastal stingaree is greyish-brown with dark mottling on its upper surface and paler underneath (3).