Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray, Bluespotted Stingray Description: Appealing and beautiful, the Blue Spot Stingray is a favorite addition to aggressive aquariums. It is an attractive bottom dwelling fish. Bluespotted Fantail Rays have large protruding eyes, and venomous spines positioned well back on the tail that may produce a very painful sting. Blue Spotted Stingray native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility. The Blue-spotted Ribbontail Ray is found in the Indo-West Pacific region growing up to 35cm in length. Famously beguiling, this beautiful ray can be difficult to feed and will typically perish for unknown reasons. The blue-spotted ribbontail ray’s disc is tan to yellow-green in color decorated with bright blue dots. For experts and big-tank owners only. Its track record in home aquariums is dismal. • At the end of the rays tail there is two poisonous spines used to defend itself against predators. The Bluespotted Stingray is also called the Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray and Blue Dot Stingray. Also known as the Bluedot Ray. It has a tan body with blue spots and stays relatively small, but requires a 300 gallon or larger aquarium as an adult. The Blue Dot Stingray is also called the Bluespotted Ribbon Tail Ray and Bluespotted Stingray. It has a tan body with blue spots and stays relatively small, but requires a 150 gallon or larger aquarium as an adult. The Bluespotted Stingray is also commonly referred to as the Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray and Blue Dot Stingray. Fun Facts • The Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray eats worms, shrimp, crabs, mollusks and various small fish. Solitary species. Other common names include “bluespotted stingray” and “blue-spotted maskray.” May be confused with the bluespotted ribbontail ray, Taeniura lymma, although blue-spotted stingray has a more angular disc and narrower tail with conspicuous black and white rings. There are usually two barbs, which are also blue. At present, 539 species of ray assessed are under the IUCN Red List, and 107 are classified as threatened. https://www.calacademy.org/explore-science/bluespotted-ribbontail-ray Image credit: Kelly Timmons. The spots on the Blue Spotted Stingray or Blue-spotted Ribbontail Ray are usually blue or light brown. Forget the brown and gray stingrays that you’re used to—the blue-spotted ribbontail ray (Taeniura lymma) puts their drab coloring to shame with its olive skin and large, neon-blue spots. NOTE: Be very careful when handling these animals as a sting can be extremely painful. The tail is slightly longer than the body and has a spine, the stinger, about halfway down the tail. A bright blue stripe runs along the sides of the tail, from the base to to the tip. It is an attractive bottom dwelling fish. Also known as the blue-spotted fantail ray, these vibrantly-colored creatures are found on coral reefs throughout the Indian and western Pacific oceans. • Men rays are able to detect a female ray by using it's extremely sensitive nose to detect a chemical signal sent out by females that indicates she is receptive . It requires lots of living space (upward of 500 gallons [1894 L])—more than afforded by most home aquaria. The Deep is part of the European Breeding Programme for the bluespotted ribbontail ray and blue spot stingray, as well as the species monitoring programme for the honeycomb whiptail ray. Bluespottted Stingrays stays relatively small in comparison to most ray species, but still require a 180 gallon or larger aquarium as an adult.