Blotched Fantail Ray (species: Taeniurops meyeni) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Taeniurops meyeni
Blotched Fantail Ray

©Marianne Dwyer: Taeniurops meyeni at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Taeniurops meyeni at least 2 metres long covered in sand at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Tail tip of the same individual
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Elasmobranchii
Order Myliobatiformes
Family Dasyatidae
Genus Taeniurops
Species Taeniurops meyeni



Distinguishing features

A very large, thick ray. Disc almost circular with no thorns, blotched black and grey. The tail is broad at the base and tapers beyond the sting. Underside of tail has a well-developed skin flap extending to tail tip, no skin flap on upper side of tail.


  • Up to 330 cm (Total length) - applies to Maximum known (Last and Stevens, 2009)
  • From 55 cm to 65 cm (Total length) - applies to Newborn (Last and Stevens, 2009)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Last, P.R. and J.D. Stevens (2009). Sharks and Rays of Australia.: 2nd Edition CSIRO Publishing, Australia.