What it looks like: River stringrays are circular in shape with a long take protruding from their bodies at the rear and feature distinctive spotted or mottled patterns.
- This is also known as the ocellate river stingray or peacock-eye stingray.
- They have a venomous caudal sting.
- River stingrays are feared but are not dangerous unless stopped on or threatened.
What they eat: They eat a wide variety of foods, including shrimp and other small fish, tiny crustaceans and insect larvae.
Habitat: River stringrays can be found in freshwater with sand, mud or stony bottoms.
Where they live: This species is native to norther, central and eastern South America, Caribbean and the Atlantic.
Threats: Fishing and habitat degradation.