Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray or Bluespotted Stingray

Bluespotted stingray (Angell Williams / CC BY)

Although similar in appearance and name, the bluespotted stingray and the bluespotted ribbontail ray are two distinct species. The bluespotted stingray is olive green and covered with blue spots. Its angular body reaches a width of 50 centimeters (20 inches). A bluespotted stingray‚Äôs tail has white markings at its tip.. Its sting can be deadly to humans. The bluespotted ribbontail ray has a yellowish back with blue spots and a tail with blue stripes. Its body is round and reaches 90 centimeters (3 feet) in length. The bluespotted ribbontail ray delivers a sting that is painful but usually not fatal.

Inhabits the Indo-Pacific Ocean.

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This supplemental online resource accompanies the book Scuba Diving Hand Signals by Lars Behnke, available on Amazon.