Round StingrayFamily: Urolophidae Urobatis halleriPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
The California Stingray or Round Stingray, have two plates in their mouth which are used for crushing the shells of crabs, prawns, and molluscs. This ray would take squid and shrimp from our hands so you could feel the plates in the mouth!
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For the first few feedings we impale food on a long pole and placed it very near the mouth to entice the ray to eat. Once they get the idea they readily eat anything meaty like squid, shrimp, and cut up fish.
The disk of theCalifornia Stingray or Round Stingray is nearly circular. The back of this species is brown, often mottled or spotted, and the underside it is white to orange.
The California Stingray or Round Stingray is one of six rays found in California waters which have a stinger on the tail. It can be distinguished from the others since it is the only one with a true tail fin. The others have either a whip-like tail or very short tail with no fin membrane.
For more Information on keeping marine fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Habitat: Natural geographic location: This species, the California Stingray or Round Stingray, occurs from Panama to Humboldt Bay, California, including the Gulf of California. California Stingrays or Round Stingrays are most abundant off southern California and northern Baja California at depths up to 70 feet. They like shallow, sandy areas.
Breeding/Reproduction: Mating occurs from May to June and in December. There are one to six pups, depending upon the size of the female. It takes 3 months for the round stingray young to develop and they are approximately 3 inches wide at birth. Sexual maturity is reached in 2.6 to 3 years.