Smalleye Stingray, Megatrygon microps (Annandale 1908)

A Smalleye Stingray, Megatrygon microps, at the Giants' Castle off Tofo, Inhambane, Mozambique. Source: Jay Corriveau / Liquid Adventures. License: CC by Attribution

A very large stingray with the disc more than 1.4 times wider than long and covered in many large dermal denticles with star-shaped bases, especially on the snout. Disc brown to reddish-brown above, becoming slightly dusky at fin margins and darkening towards the tail tip, white below, with  large white spots beside the eyes, around the middle of the disc, a row on either side across the disc to the pectoral fin tips and a row of small white spots on either side of the tail base.

The Smalleye Stingray is semipelagic and has been filmed flapping it's very wide pectoral fins up and down like butterfly and manta rays. Video of a Smalleye Stingray filmed off the coast of Mozambique.

This species was previously known as  as Dasyatis microps.

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Dianne J. Bray, Megatrygon microps in Fishes of Australia, accessed 16 Jul 2019,

Smalleye Stingray, Megatrygon microps (Annandale 1908)

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Recorded in Australia from the Northern Territory. Elsewhere, the species is widespread but uncommon in the Indo-west Pacific.

Inhabits estuaries, river mouths and coastal waters, and may also occur in deeper areas.


Rreproductive mode - aplacental viviparous with the developing embryos sustained by yolk and later histotroph ("uterine milk") secreted by the mother.


Taken as incidental bycatch in demersal longline, bottom trawl, trammel net, and seine net fisheries throughout its range.

Species Citation

Trygon microps Annandale, 1908, Rec. Indian Mus. 2(4): 393, pl. 27. Type locality: Bay of Bengal, off Chittagong coast.


Dianne J. Bray

Smalleye Stingray, Megatrygon microps (Annandale 1908)


Adam, M.S., Merrett, N.R. & Anderson, R.C. 1998. Additions to the fish fauna of the Maldive Islands. Part 1: An annotated checklist of the deep demersal fishes of the Maldive Islands. Ichthyological Bulletin of the J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology 67: 1-19. (as Dasyatis microps)

Annandale, N. 1908. A new sting ray of the genus Trygon from the Bay of Bengal. Records of the Indian Museum 2(4): 393-394. (as Dasyatis microps)

Fahmi, White, W.T., Manjaji, M. & Peirce, S. 2009. Dasyatis microps. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. . Downloaded on 19 January 2014. (as Dasyatis microps)

Fowler, H.W. 1941. Contributions to the biology of the Philippine Archipelago and adjacent regions. The fishes of the groups Elasmobranchii, Holocephali, Isospondyli and Ostariophysi obtained by the United States Bureau of Fisheries Steamer Albatross in 1907 to 1910, chiefly in the Philippine Islands and adjacent seas. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 100(13): 1-879 figs 1-30 (as Dasyatis microps)

Garman, S. 1913. The Plagiostomia (sharks, skates and rays). Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University 36: 1-528 pls 1-77 (as Dasyatis microps)

Last, P.R. & Compagno, L.J.V. 1999. Family Dasyatidae. pp. 1479-1505 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068.
 (as Dasyatis microps)

Last, P.R., Naylor, G.J.P. & Manjaji-Matsumoto, B.M. 2016. A  revised classification of the family Dasyatidae (Chondrichthyes: Myliobatiformes) based on new morphological and molecular insights. Zootaxa 4139(3): 345–368. DOI: Abstract

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Australia 2, 550 pp. (as Dasyatis microps)

Pierce, S.J., White, W.T. & Marshall, A.D. 2008. New record of the smalleye stingray, Dasyatis microps (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae), from the western Indian Ocean. Zootaxa 1734: 65–68.
 (as Dasyatis microps)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37035028


Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Danger:Venomous spine

Depth:0-200 m

Habitat:Reef associated, estuaries, coastal waters

Max Size:220 cm DW; 320 cm TL

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