Blue-Spotted Stingrays are found primarily in the Indo-Pacific, in shallow coastal seas. They prefer areas with sandy bottom and feed on bony-fish and benthic crustaceans. Besides humans, the only predator known to this stingray is the hammerhead shark, which can use its head to pin down the singray and avoid its stinger.
These animals are listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List, mostly due to exploitation by humans for aquarium trade, and loss of coral reef habitat.
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