Stingray (Orangespot freshwater)

Scientific name 
Potamotrygon motoro
Orangespot freshwater stingray square image

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.

Animal facts:

  • 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.