smooth stingray

Scientific name Bathytoshia brevicaudata
Descriptor Hutton
Year of description 1875
IUCN category LC
Family Dasyatidae
Genus Bathytoshia
Bathytoshia brevicaudata Bathytoshia brevicaudata


Bathytoshia brevicaudata, commonly known as smooth stingray, is a salt water fish from the Western Tropical Pacific Ocean.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    125 cm
  • Maximum size
    430 cm
  • Shape
  • Average size
    125 cm
  • Maximum size
    430 cm
  • Shape

How to recognize the smooth stingray ?

The smooth stingray measures between 125 and 430 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly marron body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The smooth stingray is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although the smooth stingray is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

The smooth stingray is a fish ovovivipare.

Life-threatening species

  • Venomous

This species is venomous and can cause serious injuries when touched. In the most serious cases, it can cause death.

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

  • Temperature
    10 - 27 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 476 m

Biotope presentation

The smooth stingray is most often found at a depth between 0m and 476m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

The Rays of the World project – an explanation of nomenclatural decisions - PETER R. LAST - MARCELO R. DE CARVALHO - SHANNON CORRIGAN - GAVIN J.P. NAYLOR - BERNARD SÉRET - LEI YANG - The Rays of the World project - 2016.

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