Taeniura meyeni

Blotched fantail ray | Black-blotched Stingray | Blackspotted Stingray | Giant Reef Ray | Round Ribbontail Ray | Speckled Stingray
Taeniura meyeniTaeniura meyeni, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Taeniura meyeniTaeniura meyeni, Photo: Rick Stuart-SMith
Taeniura meyeniTaeniura meyeni, male, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Taeniura meyeniTaeniura meyeni, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Photo: Graham Edgar
Taeniura meyeniTaeniura meyeni, Lord Howe Is, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Taeniura meyeni
Taeniura meyeni
Taeniura meyeni
Taeniura meyeni
Taeniura meyeni


Tropical Eastern Pacific, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Large, dark, rounded ray with black-spotted or mottled upper surface, and tail of similar length to disc. Common and widespread.


Max Size: 330 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.1-31.4°C

Depth: 1-500m

Habitat Generalization Index: 4.92

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: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (2.6% 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