Sting ray

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Distribution of the pelagic stingray, Dasyatis violacea (Bonaparte, 1832), off California, Central America, and Worldwide.

The Pelagic stingray, Dasyatis violacea (Bonaparte, 1832) is part of the family, Dasyatidae and is generally a small ray with a disc width (DW) of 80 cm. It is generally caught in the top 100m over deep water. It is usually caught as by-catch on longlines for swordfish and tuna. It was thought to occur only in the Mediterranean Sea. But has been found in nearly all tropical and subtropical seas, and also found at temperate latitudes. Gestation period of these stingrays is around eight weeks. Males tend to mature at smaller sizes roughly around 37.5cm DW while female

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