motoro (aka Ocellate River Stingray)
The body of an average adult
measures about 12 inches long, and its tail adds
another 8 inches. The barbed spine at the end of
the tail produces a nasty venom which can cause
severe pain to those unfortunate enough to
disturb one of these normally placid animals.
This species is found in the
shallower waters of the Amazon River Basin.
Worms, crustaceans, and
mollusks that live in the mud of the river bottom
make up the principal parts of this stingray's
Up to 12 live young are born
per litter. Baby stingrays are miniature versions
of adults, complete with stinger.
genus & species Potomotrygon motoro
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