Lobed Stingaree, Urolophus lobatus McKay 1966

Lobed Stingaree, Urolophus lobatus. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A sandy-brown stingaree with slightly paler margins on the disc, and sometimes irregular blotches; dorsal fin absent. This small stingaree is found only in southwestern Australia.

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Lobed Stingaree, Urolophus lobatus McKay 1966

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Endemic to south Western Australia, from Esperance to Penguin Island. Inhabits seagrass beds and sandy areas in depths to 35 m.


Disc subcircular, much wider than long, anterior edge forming obtuse angle; snout fleshy, tip slightly extended in some; eyes of moderate size (22–35% preocular snout length); posterior margin of spiracles mostly rounded; 9–10 papillae on mouth floor; internasal flap with anterior angle extended into very distinct semi-circular lobe (as pronounced lobe-like bulges); nostrils short, posterolateral border forming narrow angular fleshy lobe; no dorsal fin; tail very depressed, rather elongate (87–100% disc length), lateral skin folds well developed; caudal fin long, narrow lanceolate, dorsal fin absent.


Dorsal surface sandy brown with slightly paler lateral margins; sometimes with irregular blotches; tail with narrow dark median stripe in some; ventral surface white, sometimes with darker blotches; caudal fin dark posteriorly.


Carnivore - feeds mostly on crustaceans, especially mysids, carid decapods and amphipods.


Stingarees are aplacental viviparous, meaning that the embryos emerge from eggs within the uterus and undergo further development until they are born. After emerging from their egg cases, the embryos are initially sustained by their yolk, and later by histotroph, a "uterine milk" produced by the mother. 
Lobed Stingarees breed during summer and females produce 1-2 pups after a gestation period of 10 months.


The Lobed Stingaree is a common compnent of by-catch in the scallop and prawn trawl fisheries  that operate off Perth and Mandurah, WA.

Species Citation

Urolophus lobatus McKay, 1966, J. Roy. Soc. W. A. 49(3): 71. Type locality: off Rottnest Island, WA. 


Bray, D.J. 2018

Lobed Stingaree, Urolophus lobatus McKay 1966


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McKay, R.J. 1966. Studies on Western Australian sharks and rays of the families Scyliorhinidae, Urolophidae and Torpedinidae. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 49(3): 65-82 figs 1-6

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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37038021

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Danger:Venomous spine on tail

Depth:to 35 m

Habitat:Sandy areas & seagrass beds

Max Size:38 cm TL


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