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White-blotched river stingray

(Potamotrygon leopoldi)


Category: Fish



This distinctive ray is native to the Xingu River basin in Brazil, a tributary of the Amazon River. They are thought to dwell primarily on rocky river bottoms. They are very rare species and are threatened by habitat loss due to an increase in gold-mining, fisheries, logging, agriculture expansion, and dam construction in its Xingu River Basin home.



Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Chondrichthyes
Order - Myliobatiformes
Family - Potamotrygonidae
Genus - Potamotrygon
Species - P. leopoldi

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