Southern Stingray
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dasyatis americana
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Myliobatiformes
Family Dasyatidae
Genus Dasyatis
Species • D. americana
Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)
Data Deficient

The Southern Stingray (Dasyatis Americana) is a common ray found in a large area around the Gulf of Mexico and other areas of the Atlantic Ocean.

It is in the family of dasyatidae, and it's mating season is in June and July.

It has a barb on it's tail for defenses that can be lethal if the victim is stung near the heart and/or doesn't know how to give it the proper treatment.


To defend itself, the Southern Stingray (like many rays) has a stinger which can be lethal if stung into heart.

In fact, the stingray (although it was in fact a Spotted Eagle Ray that killed him)  is famous for killing the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin.

It buries itself in sand, and normally stings the foot, defending itself from us after we step on it.

To avoid it's sting you should shuffle your feet in the sand, so stingrays can sense the person coming before stinging.


The Southern Stingray is mostly located near shore in the Atlantic Ocean, stretching from the Carolinas down to South America.

It prefers more shallow areas with water temperature from 70-80 degrees. The love tropical and subtropical areas



Southern Stingray

Southern Stingray


  • These rays (and all rays) are related to sharks.
  • Although sharks are related to rays, many of them prey on the Southern Stingrays.
  • Southern Stingrays mostly feed on Shellfish and crabs.

Marine Marine HabitatsAquariumsGlobal OceansOcean Weather
Vertebrate FishesMammalsReptilesAmphibiansCartilaginous FishesSharks
Invertebrate ArthropodMolluscaEchinodermsCnidaria
Conservation Status Critically EndangeredEndangeredNear ThreatenedVulnerableLeast ConcernData DeficientNot Evaluated