pelagic stingray

Scientific name Pteroplatytrygon violacea
Descriptor Bonaparte
Year of description 1832
IUCN category LC
Family Dasyatidae
Genus Pteroplatytrygon
Pteroplatytrygon violacea Pteroplatytrygon violacea

Introduction

Pteroplatytrygon violacea, commonly known as pelagic stingray, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    80 cm
  • Maximum size
    100 cm
  • Shape
    Circular
  • Average size
    80 cm
  • Maximum size
    100 cm
  • Shape
    Circular

How to recognize the pelagic stingray ?

The pelagic stingray measures between 80 and 100 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly violet body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

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

The pelagic stingray is a fish solitary naturally found mid-depth and near surface. This species is carnivorous .

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

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovovivipare

The pelagic stingray is a fish ovovivipare.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous
    Yes

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?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    1 - 381 m
  • Environment
    Active pelagic

Biotope presentation

The pelagic stingray is most often found at a depth between 1m and 381m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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