bluespotted lagoon ray

Scientific name taeniura lymma
Descriptor Forsskål
Year of description 1775
IUCN category LC
Family Dasyatidae
Genus Taeniura
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Introduction

taeniura lymma, commonly known as bluespotted lagoon ray, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    35 cm
  • Shape
    Circular
  • Pattern
    ponctuations
  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    35 cm
  • Shape
    Circular
  • Pattern
    ponctuations

How to recognize the bluespotted lagoon ray ?

The bluespotted lagoon ray measures between 20 and 35 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly jaune and bleu body. The also has bleu ponctuations.

Behaviour & Life cycle

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

The bluespotted lagoon ray is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

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

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovovivipare

The bluespotted lagoon ray 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

  • Temperature
    25 - 30 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 20 m

Biotope presentation

The bluespotted lagoon ray is most often found at a depth between 1m and 20m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Fishkeeping

Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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