Fact File:

Common Name(s):

Scientific Name:
Dasyatis pastinaca

Usual Size:

UK Record Weights from rod/line:

Shore: 54lb 09oz 06drm

Boat: 72lb 02oz

MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat:

The outer edges of the disc are rounded and the front edges are rather straight leading to a small pointed snout. No dorsal fins and one or more spines about one third of the way along the tail. the total length of the tail never exceeds one and a half times the body length. Colour: greyish, olive or brown with white underside.

Gives birth to live young during the summer, although not in the UK.

Shallow sandy bottoms and is tolerant of estuarine conditions.

diet varied but almost exclusively bottom living organisms

Found all round the UK but more so the southern North sea around

the Thames estuary

Additional Notes:

Tail spine has an associated venom sac. Wounds caused by this will be very painful, may cause paralysis but not often fatal.

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