It is a question that has been debated for years: do stingrays actually sting?
Stingrays come from the order of Rajiformes.
They belong to the class Chondrichthyes, which means their skeletons are made primarily of cartilage instead of bone.
This article will discuss all different types of stingrays, how many species there are, what ocean regions have them if they can be found on land or just in water, and finally if they do indeed sting humans!
There are about 220 different species of stingrays and they can be found in all the world’s oceans except for the Arctic Ocean.
They inhabit shallow waters and estuaries, but some do reside on land in mangrove swamps!
They come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors.
The most venomous stingray is the bullseye or southern stingray.
It inhabits coastal waters in Mozambique, South Africa, Madagascar, Seychelles islands of Mahe island to Rodrigues Island.
They are known for their yellow spots with a black horizontal bar across them making it look like they have an eye on their back.
This stingray can grow up to a length of two meters and weigh up to sixty kilograms!
Stingrays get their name from the barbs located on their tails.
How do Stingrays Sting?
These barbs are generally not venomous, but the stingray does have a stinger that it uses to stun its prey.
The barb itself is attached at one end and has a sharp point on the other end which pierces through flesh with ease.
Stingrays do not need to see their prey since they use special sensory organs called ampullae of Lorenzini to find their prey.
These sensory organs are able to detect the electricity emitted by all animals, even those that emit very little!
Some stingrays don’t have stingers at all though!
The southern electric ray for example has two large paddles on the side of its body.
When threatened, it will use these paddles to generate an electrical shock which can stun or even kill its prey!
So the answer to the question “do stingrays sting?”
The answer is yes and no.
Only some stingrays have barbs with venom, while others use their electric shocks.
However, it is no joke that they have barbs on their tails with sharp points that can pierce through flesh and they are capable of stinging humans in certain circumstances.
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