Urolophus paucimaculatus, Sandy Bay, TAS, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Urolophus paucimaculatus, Norfolk Bay, TAS, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Most easily recognised because of its pattern of white spots on the upper surface; however, these spots become less distinct or are absent in specimens seen in deeper water and towards the north of its range. The species is more aggressive than other southern stingarees and has been known to attack divers. It is sometimes captured by trawlers in large quantities.
Max Size: 57 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 11.3-23.2°C
Depth: 5-150 m
Habitat: Soft sediment
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Infrequent (5% 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: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney