Taxon profile


Blue Spotted Fantail Stingray
Taeniura lymma (Forsskål, 1775)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Chondrichthyes - cartilaginous fishes »  order Batoidei - rays and skates »  family Dasyatidae - Whiptail stingrays »  genus Taeniura

Scientific synonyms

Raja lymma Forsskål, 1775
Taeniura lymna (Forsskål, 1775)
Trygon ornatum Gray, 1830
Trygon ornatus Gray, 1830

Other names

= Blue Spotted Stingray
= Blue-spotted Fantail Ray
= Blue-spotted Lagoon Ray
= Blue-spotted Ray
= Blue-spotted Ribbontail Ray
= Blue-spotted Stingray
= Bluespotted Fantail Ray
= Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray
= Bluespotted Ribbontailray
= Bluespotted Stingray
= Lagoon Ray
= Lesser Fan-tailed Ray
= Lesser Fantail Ray
= Reef Ray
= Ribbon-tailed Stingray

Near Threatened


CZ   EN  


Disc oval, trunk robust, width about 0.8 times length; snout bluntly rounded, tip not pointed; anterior margin slightly convex. Tail rather broadbased, depressed, relatively short (about 1.5 times disc width when undamaged); tapering rapidly to sting, slightly compressed beyond sting; mostly with 2 stings located well behind pelvics; ventral cutaneous fold deep, long, extending to tail tip; dorsal midline with very low fleshy ridge. Eyes moderately large, length of eye and spiracle about 1/2 preorbital snout length; interorbital space narrow. Mouth small, 2 large central papillae on floor; labial furrows deep, lower lip and internasal flap with prominent papillae. Internasal flap narrow, elongate; posterior margin deeply concave with prominent fringe; lower jaw slightly concave near symphysis; nostrils slender, narrow. Pelvic fins moderately elongate, slender. Disc smooth, except for patch of small, widely spaced thorns in nuchal area; sometimes with a short row posteriorly.
Colour: dorsal surface brownish or yellowish brown with large blue spots (some almost 1/2 eye diameter); tail without spots, usually with long midlateral blue stripes before sting, bluish posteriorly; ventral surface mostly uniformly white.


Maximum total length about 70 cm; maximum disc width 30 cm.


Possibly the most abundant stingray found in coral reef habitats of the area. Inshore, mostly occurring shallower than 20 m. Molluscs, worms, shrimps, and crabs are major prey items. Feeds over shallow sandy flats during the rising tide then disperses on the falling tide to seek shelter in caves and under ledges.


Important commercial species taken mainly by traditional fishermen.


Widespread in the Indo-West Pacific, from southern Africa to the Solomon Islands (including the Red Sea). Not recorded from the Japanese Archipelago or Taiwan Province of China.


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1999, Carpenter, K.E.; Niem, V.H.(eds), FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 3. Batoid fishes, chimaeras and bony fishes part 1 (Elopidae to Linophrynidae).
Author: Petr Čech

Links and literature

CZ AQUATAB. World Wide Web electronic publication [species/26490]

Plíštil J. (Ed.) (2009): AQUATAB. World Wide Web electronic publication [] [as Taeniura lymma (Forsskål, 1775)]
Data retrieved on: 17 January 2010
EN Australian Faunal Directory [94febc21-fe89-46d2-823e-deb6848dcf00]

ABRS (2009-2015): Australian Faunal Directory [], Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra [as Taeniura lymma (Forsskål, 1775)]
Data retrieved on: 21 January 2015
CH DE EN FR IT NL PR SP FishBase [5399]

Froese R., Pauly D. (eds.): FishBase []
EN IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018-1 [39412]

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species [] [as Taeniura lymma (Forsskål, 1775)]
Data retrieved on: 3 August 2018
CZ Hanel L., Novák J. (2001): České názvy živočichů V. Ryby a rybovití obratlovci (Pisces), 1. Sliznatky (Myxini), mihule (Cephalaspidomorphi), paryby (Chondrichthyes), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 53 pp. [as Taeniura lymma (Forskål, 1775)]
Data retrieved on: 2 June 2013
CZ Hanel L., Novák J. (2002): České názvy živočichů V. Ryby a rybovití obratlovci (Pisces), 3. Paprskoploutví (Actinopterygii), kostnatí (Neopterygii) – máloústí (Gonorynchiformes), máloostní (Cypriniformes), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 120 pp. [as Taeniura lymna]
Data retrieved on: 6 June 2013

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