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Species Key Of Coastal Western North Atlantic Stingrays

George Burgess
Florida Program for Shark Research
Florida Museum of Natural History



1aDisc round in shape, colored yellowish with spots Urobatis jamaicensis
1bDisc roughly diamond shaped, no such color (Dasyatis) ....go to 2

2aTips of wings more or less rounded, disc obviously wider (wingtip to wingtip) than long (snout to posterior disc margin) ....go to 3
2bTips of wings more or less pointed, disc about as wide as wide as long ....go to 4
   
3aDistance 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 waterDasyatis sabina
3bDistance 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 sayi
   
4aTail with large thorns (bucklers), not usually found coastally Dasyatis centoura
4bTail with small spines only, found coastally and in somewhat deeper waterDasyatis americana