Dasyatidae, commonly known as stingrays, are cartilaginous fish with flat bodies and long, whip-like tails. They have a diamond-shaped disc body with two eyes on the upper surface and a mouth on the underside. They range in size from a few inches to several feet in length. They inhabit shallow coastal waters and estuaries, and can be found in tropical and temperate waters around the world. The lifespan of stingrays is typically 10-25 years, and their current population is stable. Stingrays are distinguished by their venomous barbs, which are located on the tail and used for defense.
Name Origin: The scientific name of the organism, Dasyatidae, is derived from the Greek word dasys, meaning "hairy" or "shaggy," and the Latin suffix -atidae, which is used to denote a family of organisms. This name was chosen to reflect the organism's hairy or shaggy appearance.
Related Species: Dasyatis americana, Dasyatis brevicaudata, Dasyatis pastinaca, Dasyatis say, Dasyatis dipterura, Dasyatis margaritella, Dasyatis colarensis, Dasyatis fluviorum, Dasyatis longa, Dasyatis bahamensis