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This book is a given for recreational and commercial fishermen as well as anyone who loves the outdoors! Since most anglers identify their fish by reviewing illustrations rather than using scientific keys, the authors have succeeded in making fishing easier by providing superb illustrations and detailed diagnostics for fish identification. A valuable, one-stop reference tool for everyday anglers, fisheries experts, biologists, and outdoors writers, this guide includes intensively researched information on 207 species of saltwater fish, essential data on each species’ habitat, identification, typical size, and food value. By Jerald Horst & Mike Lane, illustrated by Duane Raver. 207 species.

Stingray, Southern
Dasyatis americana

Illustrations by: Duane Raver     Click image for large version.
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Family:  Stingrays  (Dasyatidae)
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Other Names :Stingaree, Stingray, Southern Stingray
Range & Habitat :Gulfwide out to 50 feet deep. It is rarely found in bays or other inshore waters. It prefers sand and mud bottoms.
Identification & Biology :The front edge of each pectoral or “wing” from the tip of the nose to its outside tip is straight, rather than concave as in the Atlantic stingray, or convex as in the bluntnose stingray. The outside tips of the pectorals are relatively pointed rather than broadly rounded. It searches sand and mud bottoms for crabs, shrimp, worms, and small fishes. Stingrays should be handled with care, if they must be handled at all. If a person is ‘stung? by a stingray, the wound should be soaked as soon as possible in water as hot as the person can stand for 30 minutes. Research has shown that stingray venom is very sensitive to heat and breaks down after 15 minutes of soaking in very hot water. A mild antiseptic should then be applied and the victim should see a doctor.
Size :Common up to 3 feet wide, but can occasionally reach 6 feet wide and 10 feet long.
Food Value :Good.
Description by: Jerald Horst, Associate Professor, Fisheries - LSU AgCenter

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