whitespotted eagle ray

Scientific name Aetobatus narinari
Descriptor Euphrasen
Year of description 1790
IUCN category EN
Family Myliobatidae
Genus Aetobatus
Aetobatus narinari Aetobatus narinari

Introduction

Aetobatus narinari, commonly known as whitespotted eagle ray, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    120 cm
  • Maximum size
    330 cm
  • Average size
    120 cm
  • Maximum size
    330 cm

How to recognize the whitespotted eagle ray ?

The whitespotted eagle ray measures between 120 and 330 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly noir and blanc body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    carnivorous
  • Sociability
    gregarious
  • territorial
    No
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The whitespotted eagle ray is a fish gregarious naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovovivipare

The whitespotted eagle ray is a fish ovovivipare.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous
    No

This species is venomous and can cause serious injuries when touched.

What to do in the event of a sting?

in case of sting, the following rules should be followed, in this order:

  • Isolate the victim from the danger and quickly remove him or her from the water
  • Call for help
  • Lay the victim down in a half-sitting position and avoid any effort
  • Immobilize the affected limb
  • Clean the wound
  • The venom of this species being thermolabile, it can be neutralized if it is submitted to a temperature of about 45 °C. It is therefore possible to heat the wound. This popular technique should be practiced with great care so as not to aggravate the wound by burning it. It is advisable to immerse the affected limb in hot water.
  • If the puncture is too deep, heating the wound will be less effective.

Sometimes the sting can cause discomfort or even loss of consciousness in the victim. The stings are usually very painful.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    1 - 80 m

Biotope presentation

The whitespotted eagle ray is most often found at a depth between 1m and 80m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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