Cownose Stingray

Cownose Stingray - Rhinoptera bonasus

*Information from FAO Species Identification Guide Western Central Atlantic*

cownose stingray
Maximum size 91 cmdisc width; females mature at 78 cm disc width; neonates about 37 cm disc width at birth.
Diagnostic characters:

Dorsal surface uniform brown; ventral surface white to yellowish. Tooth plates with relatively long teeth compared to Rhinoptera brasiliensis.

Habitat, biology, and fisheries

Benthic to epipelagic along the continental and insular shelves. Litters from 2 to 6 young. Feeds primarily on hard-shelled molluscs and crustaceans.

Recorded from southern New England to northern Argentina, including the Gulf of Mexico, and Cuba.