South American stingray

Scientific name 
Potamotrygon motoro
Orangespot freshwater stingray square image

What it looks like: South American stringrays are circular in shape with a long tail protruding from their bodies at the rear and feature distinctive spotted or mottled patterns.

Animal facts:

  • This species is also known as the ocellate river stingray or peacock-eye stingray. 
  • They have a venomous spine on their tail.

What they eat: They eat a wide variety of foods, including shrimp and other small fish.

Habitat: South American stingrays are found in freshwater with sand, mud or stony bottoms.

Where they live: This species is widespread in the Amazon basin of South America.

Threats: Persecution by humans, damming, pollution and other habitat degredation.