Hypanus americanus

Dasyatis americana
Southern Stingray – Hypanus americanus Photo Credit: G.H. Burgess
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
DasyatidaeHypanus americanus(Hildebrand and Schroeder)1928Southern Stingray

Hypanus americanus

Unique Characters: Outer corners of disc narrowly rounded or subangular. Lateral sides of tail without conspicuous tubercles or thorns. Longitudinal fin-fold along ventral side of tail about as deep as height of tail.

Similar Species:

Atlantic Stingray Hypanus sabinus

Bluntnose Stingray Hypanus say

Roughtail Stingray Bathytoshia centroura

Dasyatis sabina
Atlantic Stingray – Hypanus sabinus

Atlantic Stingray Hypanus sabinus. Outer corners of disc broadly and evenly rounded. Preorbital length greater than distance between spiracles. Pelvic fins projecting beyond posterior margin of disc by about 1/3 of their length.

Bluntnose Stingray Hypanus say. Outer corners of disc broadly and evenly rounded. Preorbital length shorter than distance between spiracles. Pelvic fins usually not projecting beyond posterior margin of disc, or, if projecting, never by as much as 1/3 their length.

Roughtail Stingray Bathytoshia centroura. Outer corners of disc narrowly rounded or subangular. Lateral sides of tail with conspicuous tubercles and thorns in large juveniles and adults. Longitudinal fin-fold along ventral side of tail about 1/2 as deep as height of tail.

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