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Dasyatis marmorata Marbled stingray

Dasyatis marmoratais commonly referred to as Marbled stingray. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Has a poison harmful to health.

Profilbild Urheber Prof. Dr. Eric Clua, Französisch-Polynesien

Foto: Mauritanien, Nordwest-Afrika, Ostatlantik

Courtesy of the author Prof. Dr. Eric Clua, Französisch-Polynesien Please visit for more information.

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Dasyatis marmorata 
Marmorierter Stechrochen 
Marbled Stingray 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Elasmobranchii (Class) > Myliobatiformes (Order) > Dasyatidae (Family) > Dasyatis (Genus) > marmorata (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Steindachner, ), 1892 
Tunesien, Benin, Gambia, Ghana, Angola, Cameroon, Congo, East-Atlantic Ocean, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Liberia, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Northern Africa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Atlantic, South-Africa, The Aegan Sea (Mediterranean), The Gulf of Guinea, the Ivory Coast, the Mediterranean Sea, Tonga, West-Atlantic Ocean 
Sea depth:
12 - 100 Meter 
up to 23.62" (60 cm) 
18,6 °F - 82.58 °F (18,6°C - 28.1°C) 
Amphipods, Crustaceans, Fish (little fishes), Flatfish, Invertebrates, Mantis shrimps, Mysis, omnivore, Predatory, Schrimps, Snails, Tuna, Worms, Zoobenthos 
There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully 
Not available as offspring 
Has a poison harmful to health 
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Data deficient (DD) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
Last edit:
2020-04-15 14:14:14 


This is a general hint!
Dasyatis marmorata has a harmful toxin.
As a rule, animals with a harmful poison do not pose any danger in normal Aquarieaner everyday life. Read the following husbandry information and comments from aquarists who already keep Dasyatis marmorata in their aquarium to get a better picture about the possible danger. However, please be careful when using Dasyatis marmorata. Every human reacts differently to poisons.
If you suspect that you have come into contact with the poison, please contact your doctor or the poison emergency call.
The phone number of the poison emergency call can be found here:
Overview Worldwide:


The Marbled Stingray is originally native to the waters from West Africa to South Africa, where the stingray is found on continental shelves on various types of sandy and muddy substrates at depths between 12 and 65 metres.

Dasyatis marmorata was recorded in the northeastern Mediterranean in 1892, and since 1993 it has been found in the southern part of the Mediterranean Sea.
Earlier records were limited to Tunisia, Israel and, more recently, Turkey.
In the last three areas, the distribution of the species at depths of less than 50 m indicates a preference for shallower waters, although rays have also been caught in the Gulf of Antalya at depths of between 50 and 100 m. This indicates that the ray may seek deeper waters than previously known, while shallow waters may be used as a nursery.

In February 2019, a juvenile male stingray was caught during a land survey in the Gulf of Maliakos in the central Aegean Sea, Greece. The stingray was examined in the fisheries laboratory of the Greek Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) in Athens and identified as Dasyatis marmorata.
Morphological characteristics were recorded and a DNA barcode was applied to confirm the identification of the species. The combination of the two methods verified the presence of the marble ray in Greek waters. This is therefore the first evidence of Dasyatis marmorata from the Aegean Sea.

Although the Marbled Stingray has migrated and reproduced in the Mediterranean Sea, there is no record of this ray as an invasive species in the Global invasive species database or in the Invasive Species Compendium (CAB International).
It seems very likely that the ray has found its way through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea.

A pregnant female can have up to four litters per year (after a gestation period of three months) with up to nine young.

Dasyatis marmorata stands out due to many larger bruises on the back. The most similar is the blue stingray Dasyatis chrysonota (Smith, 1828)

Dasyatis chrysonota marmorata (stone roofer, 1892)
Trygon pastinaca marmorata stone roofer, 1892

We would like to thank Prof. Dr. Eric Clua, French Polynesia, for the first photo of the ray.

Dasyatis chrysonota marmorata (Steindachner, 1892)
Trygon pastinaca marmorata Steindachner, 1892



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