Yellowback Stingaree, Urolophus sufflavus Whitley 1929

Other Names: Yellow-back Stingaree, Yellow-backed Stingaree

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Yellowback Stingaree, Urolophus sufflavus Whitley 1929

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Endemic to eastern Australia from off Stradbroke Island, Queensland, to off Green Cape, New South Wales. Inhabits soft substrates on the continental shelf and upper continental slope in depths of 45-300 m (mostly in 100-160 m). 


Size at first maturity 23 cm TL.


Taken as bycatch in commercial trawls.

Species Citation

Urolophus sufflavus Whitley 1929, Aust. Zool. 5(4): 354. Type locality: between Port Hacking and Wollongong, New South Wales.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Yellowback Stingaree, Urolophus sufflavus Whitley 1929


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CAAB Code:37038005

Conservation:IUCN Vulnerable

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:45-320 m


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