The Blue-Spotted Stingray Taeniura lymma is immediately recognizable by the large bright blue…

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The Blue-Spotted Stingray Taeniura lymma is immediately recognizable by the large bright blue spots on its body, and distinctive blue stripes that run along its tail. This bright coloration acts as a warning to predators that these animals are poisonous. Blue-Spotted Stingrays come equipped with two sharp spines on their tail which they can use to inject enemies with deadly venom.

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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Photo: Derek Keats/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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