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Dasyatis kuhlii

(Muller & Henle, 1841)

Bluespotted Stingray

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Red Sea and South Africa to Samoa and Tonga north to Southern Japan, and south to Australia.

Size: 20 inches - (50 cm) width and 26 inches - (67 cm) length

Natural Environment: Inhabits sandy bottoms near rocky or coral and usually found at depths between 3 to 300 feet (1 - 90 m) where it feeds on small fishes and exposed invertebrates.

General Husbandry: Rarely seen in the trade, and having a somewhat reddish brown flattened triangular shaped body.

Best maintained in large shark and stingrays type aquariums having deep fine-grained sand and few environmental obstructions. Will normally bury itself as protection from predators.

Requires wide-open swimming areas, peaceful, none fin-nipping tankmates and tankmates too large to be eaten.

Requires a meaty diet, i.e., preferably live grass shrimp, earthworms and/or crabs and/or chopped meaty foods such as fish flesh, shrimp, clams, scallops and earthworms and be fed once daily.


    Class: Chondrichthyes

    Subclass: Neoselachii

    Order: Myliobatiformes

    Family: Dasyatidae

    Genus: Dasyatis

FYI: Will eat small tankmates.

May fast for weeks before eating. Some specimen never feed in captivity!

Venomous spine can inflict a painful wound.

Very sensitive to copper, therefore aquarium water should be made with RO/DI processed water.

Experience Level: Expert

Temperament: Peaceful

Diet: Carnivore

Coral Safe: Yes

Fish Safe: With caution

Invertebrate Safe: No

Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+

Aquarium Environment: Fish-only aquarium

Tankmates: Peaceful and too large to be eaten

Minimum Tank Size: 250 gallons

Temperature Range: 70 - 82°F (21 - 27°C)

Specific Gravity: 1.020 - 1.026

pH: 8.0 - 8.5

 Dasyatis kuhlii (Bluespotted Stingray)
Photo © Bob Fenner
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