The body of the stingrays has a distinctive flattened in dorso-ventral direction slightly rhombic shape, the tail is elongated, 1.5 times the disk, armed with a long serrated spine. Anal fin not. From the top, just behind the eyes are spiracles — breathing holes of the gills necessary for respiration has buried in the sand slope.
The mouth is on the bottom, flat teeth allow them to crush mollusk shells and crab shells. The body is naked, not covered with spines or scales, top gray or olive-brown, bottom light. Maximum width of drive (without fins) is about 60 cm in length can reach 2 m (marked in specimens 2.5 m), and weight — 22 kg. However, usually there are individuals width up to 45 cm.
Inhabits the Eastern Atlantic from the Western Baltic to South Africa, including the Mediterranean and the Black sea, also comes in Azov. Normal in the Black sea along the shores in silty and sandy ground; rocky substrates avoids. Continue reading