Atlantic Stingray
Dasyatis Americana

(Lesueur, 1824)

Range Western Atlantic Ocean from Chesapeake Bay to Mexico.
Estimated Population Common
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Myliobatiformes
Family Dasyatidae
Genus Dasyatis
Species • Dasyatis Sabina
Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)
Least Concern
The Atlantic Stingray (Dasyatis Sabina) is a species of stingray common along the western Atlantic ocean and Gulf of Mexico. It is very small and occasionally enters freshwater to very distant lengths. It can be easily distinguished from other stingrays by its long, pointed snout. Most stingrays have round snouts, which makes the Dasyatis Sabina an exception. It is very common in brackish waters and shallow, coastal marine areas. It is cause for many injuries from its pointed spines, or stingers. Because it is well camouflaged in the sands not too far from beaches, many people are known to step on it and get stung in the stingray's act of self-defense.

Human Interaction Edit

The most notable reactions with these creatures have been mentioned above, due to the shallow locations the stingrays lay during the day to wait for hunting in the night. The sting from a stingray is very painful, but rarely life threatening unless it hits you in the heart or a major artery and the bleeding isn't stopped quickly. In most cases, the pain can be eased and the wound healed by placing the stung area in the hottest water you can tolerate, and get other first aid help if you can. To avoid stepping on a stingray, do the stingray shuffle, where you shuffle your feet on the seafloor to scare off stingrays before you, as well as avoid stepping on the back.