Black Stingray

Potamotrygon henlei

About This Animal

SIZE: 12 inches

RANGE: South America

HABITAT: Found on the bottom of rivers, primarily in the Tocantins River basin

DIET: Small crustaceans, worms and mollusks

ON EXHIBIT:  Forest Pool in the Tropical Cove of Ocean Journey

River stingrays are more highly feared than piranha in areas where they both live.  While piranha are generally shy, stingrays can deliver a painful sting if stepped on.  This is why it is wise to shuffle your feet when wading in stingray habitat.  Stingray barbs are serrated and are shed as the animal grows and can be found on the bottom of the exhibit.  

The black stingray is classified as threatened. Numbers of this animal have declined due mostly to habitat loss. However, the Aquarium will focus on breeding this rare freshwater singray.