White-Blotched River Stingray
About This Animal
SIZE: 30-40 cm, (12-16 in)
RANGE: South America
HABITAT: Rocky river bottoms in the Xingu River Basin
DIET: Small crustaceans and mollusks
ON EXHIBIT: Tropical Cove in Ocean Journey
This species of stingray is the most boldly patterned, most rays are shades of brown. It is thought that the bright polka-dots on the black background of this species helps camouflage it in the sun-dappled streams where it lives. Very little is known about this species so its status in the wild is unknown.
To stay safe, rays hide under sand or gravel but can use their tail barb to hurt predators when threatened. Sometimes people accidently step on rays when they are hiding under sand or gravel. It's a good idea to slide your feet if you're in an area with a lot of rays.