I.D. Key of Coastal Western North Atlantic Stingrays
This quick key is a guide to the most common stingrays you'll find in Florida waters.
The full list of rays and skates is here...
|2a) Tips of wings more or less rounded, disc obviously wider (wingtip to wingtip) than long (snout to posterior disc margin) ||Go to question 3 |
|2b) Tips of wings more or less pointed, disc about as wide as wide as long ||Go to question 4 |
|3a) Distance from tip of snout to eyes greater than distance between eyes, anterior margins of disc somewhat concave anterior to level of eyes, generally brackish and fresh water ||Dasyatis sabina - atlantic stingray |
|3b) Distance from tip of snout to eyes less than distance between eyes, anterior margins of disc straight anterior to level of eyes, generally marine waters ||Dasyatis say - bluntnose stingray |
Compiled by George Burgess
Florida Program for Shark Research
Florida Museum of Natural History