Hemitrygon fluviorum (Ogilby, 1908)

Common Name: 
Estuary Stingray
Distribution: 

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Endemic to eastern Australia, recorded from coastal central Queensland south through New South Wales to the Victorian border.

Ecological Notes: 

Inhabits mangrove areas and estuaries where it feeds on shellfish, crustaceans and worms. Depth range from shallow to 40 m.

Additional Notes: 

Yellow-brown diamond shaped disc, long whip-like tail bearing dorsal and ventral fin folds. Often noted in shallow waters in estuaries by fishers and canoists, is a known predator of oysters and has been persecuted in oyster farming areas. Grows to 130 cm total length with a disc width of around 63 cm.

References: 

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Hemitrygon-fluviorum.html. Accessed 24/04/2020.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:6c.... Accessed 24/04/2020.