Neotrygon kuhlii

Bluespotted Maskray | Bluespotted Stingray | Kuhl's Maskray | Dasyatis kuhlii
Neotrygon kuhlii
Neotrygon kuhlii, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Neotrygon kuhlii
Neotrygon kuhlii, adult, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Neotrygon kuhlii
Neotrygon kuhlii, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Neotrygon kuhlii
Neotrygon kuhlii
Neotrygon kuhlii


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Blue spots, angular wings, thin tail that is longer than disc, with alternating black/white pattern near tail tip. Often with dark mask between eyes. Inshore and offshore forms may be different species. Sometimes referred to as Dasyatis kuhlii.


Max Size: 70 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 20.7-31.6°C

Depth: 0-170m

Habitat Generalization Index: 5.7

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Data Deficient

Occurrence: Infrequent (5.9% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: extract from RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland