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Southern Red Stingray

Southern Red Stingray Dasyatis Americana

Beauty with a purpose: stingrays use their wide, graceful fins to dislodge substrate and expose their prey.

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ORIGIN:
Western Atlantic coast

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HABITAT:
Algal fields and seagrass beds

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
Up to 200 lbs
Length: Up to 5 ft

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DIET:
Crabs, worms and smaller fish

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PREDATORS:
Sharks

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Venomous spine on tail

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REPRODUCTION:
175-day gestation; sexually mature at 3-6 yrs

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THREATS:
Overfishing

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
12-13 yrs in wild

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