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Southern Stingray

Common Name Southern Stingray

Scientific Name Dasyatis americana

Species Fish

Family/Group Rays



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The Southern Stingray is a relatively small, brown fish with a long tail and a white belly. A stinger is located at the end of their tail, which they use to defend themselves. Their venom is not lethal to people, but it can cause pain and swellings. Such a wound could also get infected, or the stinger could hit an artery, which could cause much more injury. Southern Stingrays eat mollusks and other small animals, which they catch from a hiding place on the ocean floor.

Nicaragua Animal Guide