roughtail stingray

Scientific name Bathytoshia centroura
Descriptor Mitchill
Year of description 1815
IUCN category VU
Family Dasyatidae
Genus Bathytoshia
Bathytoshia centroura Bathytoshia centroura


Bathytoshia centroura, commonly known as roughtail stingray, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    125 cm
  • Maximum size
    300 cm
  • Shape
  • Average size
    125 cm
  • Maximum size
    300 cm
  • Shape

How to recognize the roughtail stingray ?

The roughtail stingray measures between 125 and 300 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly marron body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

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

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


  • Reproduction

The roughtail 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
    15 - 50 m

Biotope presentation

The roughtail stingray is most often found at a depth between 15m and 50m. 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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