Spotted round ray

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Spotted round ray
Urobatis maculatus.jpg
Spotted round ray in the Gulf of California
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Myliobatiformes
Family: Urotrygonidae
Genus: Urobatis
Species: U. maculatus
Binomial name
Urobatis maculatus
(Garman, 1913)

Urolophus maculatus Garman, 1913

Urobatis maculatus also known as the Spotted round ray or Cortez round stingray is a species of round ray endemic to Mexico. Its natural habitats are shallow seas, subtidal aquatic beds, coral reefs, estuarine waters, intertidal marshes, and coastal saline lagoons. This species reaches a length of 42 centimetres (17 in) TL.[2] This species is placed in the genus Urobatis.[3]

The spotted round ray can be parasitized by the flatworm Pleorchis magniporus.[4]


  1. ^ Bizzarro, J.J. (2006): Urobatis maculatus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2015). "Urolophus maculatus" in FishBase. February 2015 version.
  3. ^ Moral-Flores, L.F.D., Angulo, A., López, M.I. & Bussing, W.A. (2015). "A new species of Urobatis (Myliobatiformes: Urotrygonidae) from the tropical Eastern Pacific". Revista de Biologia Tropical. 63 (2): 501–514. doi:10.15517/rbt.v63i2.15746. 
  4. ^ Merlo-Serna, Aldo Iván; García-Prieto, Luis (15 Feb 2016). "A checklist of helminth parasites of Elasmobranchii in Mexico". ZooKeys. 563: 73–128. doi:10.3897/zookeys.563.6067.