blotched fantail ray

Scientific name Taeniurops meyeni
Descriptor Müller & Henle
Year of description 1841
IUCN category VU
Family Dasyatidae
Genus Taeniurops
Taeniurops meyeni Taeniurops meyeni


Taeniurops meyeni, commonly known as blotched fantail ray, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    110 cm
  • Maximum size
    330 cm
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    110 cm
  • Maximum size
    330 cm
  • Pattern

How to recognize the blotched fantail ray ?

The blotched fantail ray measures between 110 and 330 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly gris body. The also has noir tasks.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The blotched fantail ray is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although the blotched fantail ray is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

The blotched fantail ray is a fish ovovivipare.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous
  • Sting

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
    23 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 500 m

Biotope presentation

The blotched fantail ray is most often found at a depth between 1m and 500m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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