Also called the Bluespotted Ribbontail ray, this colorful creature is found in the Indian and western Pacific Oceans. It gets its name from the electric blue spots on its back.
The Blue Spotted Ray was originally described by Swedishnaturalist Peter Forsskal in 1775. Despite sharing a genus with theMarble Ray, some scientists believe it may be more closely relatedto the freshwater stingrays of the Amazon River.
The Blue Spotted Ray is a near-threatened species, largely dueto the destruction of its coral reef habitat. It is also collectedfor aquariums, although it does not do very well in captivity.