Mangrove Whipray (species: Urogymnus granulatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Urogymnus granulatus
Mangrove Whipray

©Anne Hoggett: Urogymnus granulatus on the SW side of MacGillivray Reef.

©Anne Hoggett: Urogymnus granulatus at MacGillivray Reef. This is one of two individuals seen in close proximity to each other (the other not photographed).

©Anne Hoggett: Mangrove Whipray¬†off Turtle Beach, Lizard Island, disc width about 1 metre
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Elasmobranchii
Order Myliobatiformes
Family Dasyatidae
Genus Urogymnus
Species Urogymnus granulatus



Distinguishing features

A large stingray with an oval to circular disc that is rough on the upper surface and dark with white flecks. The tail is long and thin, lacks any skin folds and is uniformly white beyond the stinging barb.


  • Up to 350 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Length including tail

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.
  • Miquel, J. and Z. Swiderski (2013). Spermatological characteristics of the Trypanorhyncha inferred from new ultrastructural data on species of Tentaculariidae, Eutetrarhynchidae, and Progrillotiidae. Comptes Rendues Biologies, 336: 65-72. LIRS catalog number 1732.
  • Weaver, H.J. and L.R. Smales (2014). Two species of Acanthocephala (Rhadinorhynchidae and Transvenidae) from elasmobranchs from Australia, Comparative Parasitology, 81: 110-113. LIRS catalog number 1795.