by David Proudfoot

Dasyatis pastinaca

species ID stingray

Distinguishing features

The stingray has the typical rhomboid body shape of a ray but lacks any dorsal fins. Instead it has one or more serrated spines at the base of the thick section of the tail which them tapers quickly into a long, whip like shape. The colour on the upper side is usually a plain brown, grey or olive but some lighter blotches may be present. The underside is cream fading to grey at the outer edges of the wings.


The sting ray can reach weights in excess of 120 kg.

British Record Fish List

UK Shore Record: 67lb 120oz 0dms / 30.731kg
UK Boat Record: 72lb 20oz 0dms / 32.715kg

European Line Class Record for this species


This ray is found in depths ranging from the shoreline to approximately 75 metres where the seabed comprises mud or sand. It does venture into estuarine waters on occasion. It can be found from the waters of the North Sea, through the Mediterranean Sea to the southern tip of Africa. The largest specimens are found toward the south of this range.


Feeds almost exclusively on crustaceans and molluscs.


Stingray will take fish baits but crab and king ragworm can be more effective when targeting this species.


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