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Taeniura lymma

(Forsskal, 1775)

Ribbontailed Stingray, Bluespotted Stingray

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Red Sea and East Africa to the Solomon Islands, north to Southern Japan, and south to Australia.

Size: 12 inches - (30 cm) width and 27 inches - (69 cm) length

Natural Environment: Inhabits lagoons and sandy tidal flats and usually found at depths between 3 to 65 feet (1 - 20 m) where it feeds on small fishes and exposed invertebrates.

General Husbandry: Rarely seen in the trade, and having a greyish flattened rounded shaped body with bright blue spots and blue side stripes long the tail.

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, such as groupers, dottybacks, triggerfishes or angelfishes, 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: Taeniura

FYI: Will eat small tankmates.

Does well in aquariums with proper environmental conditions.

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

 Taeniura lymma (Ribbontailed Stingray, Bluespotted Stingray)
Photo © Richard Field
Dasyatis kuhlii Taeniura meyeni
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