Ray (Urolophus halleri) ray,
stingray, stinger, stingaree.
This small ray is found on sand or mud bottoms off beaches and in bays and sloughs, sometimes around rocky reefs.
The Round Ray occurs from Panama to Humboldt Bay, California, including the Gulf of California. Round stingrays are most abundant off southern California and northern Baja California at depths up to 70 feet.
The body of the round stingray is nearly circular. The back of this species is brown, often mottled or spotted, and the underside is white to orange. The round stingray is one of six rays found in California waters which have a stinger on the tail. It can be distinguished from the others since it is the only one with a true tail fin. The others have either a whip-like tail or very short tail with no fin membrane
Round stingrays obtain much of their food by burrowing in the substrate. Their diet includes worms, crabs, snails, clams and small fishes.
Largest Recorded: 22 inches; no weight recorded; however, a male 20 inches long weighed 1.5 pounds.