Urobatis jamaicensis

(Cuvier, 1816)

Yellow stingray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Urotrygonidae

Reference of the original description
Cuvier, G.L.C.F.D. (1816)
Le Règne Animal distribué d'après son organisation pour servir de base à l'histoire naturelle des animaux et d'introduction à l'anatomie comparée. Les reptiles, les poissons, les mollusques et les annélides. Deterville, Paris, 532 pp

Image of the original description
No image in first description.

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Raia jamaicensis, Trygonobatus torpedinus, Urobatis sloani vermiculatus, Urobatis vermiculatus, Urolophus jamaicensis, Urolophus torpedinus

Urobatis jamaicensis
XXXX: No types known;
Trygonobatus torpedinus
Holotype: MNHN: A-7946;

Description :

Citation: Urobatis jamaicensis (Cuvier, 1816): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Urobatis jamaicensis (Cuvier, 1816) spotted in Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize; Matt Wright, wiki
Common names
spa Raya, spa Raya pintada, spa Raya redonda de estero, spa Tembladera, eng Maid, eng Round stingray, eng Yellow spotted stingray, eng Yellow stingray, eng Yellowspotted stingray

Short Description
Edge of disk no sharp angles, no dorsal fin. Well-developed caudal fin extends around tip of tail, doubly serrate spine near caudal fin base [17659]. Disk yellowish, with dark vermiculations and spots that form a variety of patterns on upper surface [17658]. Lower surface is yellowish, greenish or brownish white, tail with dark spots [199].

Western Atlantic: North Carolina, USA to northern South America. Also in Bahamas, Yucatan and throughout Caribbean [17659]. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
aquarium: public aquariums

Male grasps disc margin of female, swings under her and inserts a clasper. Mating pair is surrounded by other males that swim around and nudge them. Dugger (1987) (Ref. 51118) observed both male and female biting the pectoral fin of its mate (Ref. 49562). Commonly found along sandy beaches to the water"quot;s edge, and especially in sandy areas in and around coral reefs; in mangrove and seagrass habitats (Ref. 42268). Raises front end of disc to attract prey seeking shelter. Feeds on shrimps, small fishes, clams, and worms (Ref. 42268). Carnivore (Ref. 57616).

Size / Weight / Age
76.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710))

reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 25 m (Ref. 9710)

shark-references Species-ID=7397;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Acanthobothrium cartagenensis Brooks & Mayes, 1980 [16266] [25154] [26306] [28741]
  • Acanthobothrium garciaprietoi Rodriguez-Ibarra, Violante-Gonzalez & Monks, 2023 [32164]
  • Acanthobothrium pulidofloresae Rodriguez-Ibarra, Violante-Gonzalez & Monks, 2023 [32164]
  • Anthocephalum kingae (Schmidt, 1978) Ruhnke & Seaman, 2009 [16392] [16266] [7417] [25154]
  • Parachristianella caribbensis (Kovacs & Schmidt, 1980) [16345] [16112]
  • Polypocephalus caribbensis (Gardner & Schmidt, 1984) [16195]
  • Prochristianella thalassia (Kovacs & Schmidt, 1980) [16345] [16112]
  • Rhinebothrium biorchidum Huber & Schmidt, 1985 [7608]
  • Scalithrium magniphallum (Brooks, 1977) Ball, Neifar & Euzet, 2003 [16266] [25154]

  • Branchellion torpedinis Savigny, 1822 [17249]