Taeniura lymna
Source: JJPhoto.dk
Taeniura lymna
Source: JJPhoto.dk
Taeniura lymna
Source: Oceanreef.dk - Kasper Hareskov Tygesen


Latin name Taeniura lymna
Common name Ribbontail stingray
Family Dasyatidae - Taeniura
Origin East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, Japan, The Red Sea, Indonesia, Central/West Pacific
Max length 35 cm (13.8")

As aquarium fish

Minimum volume 3000 l (792 gal)
Hardiness Delicate
Suitable for aquarium Experience, preparation and extra care required
Reef safe Reef safe with caution
Aggressiveness Unknown


  • Small crustaceans (Krill, mysis, artemia...)
  • Larger crustaceans (Shrimp, crabs...)
  • Other invertebrates
  • Fish

Highly venomous

This species is highly venomous and this venom can, under certain circumstances, be fatal.

In case of poisoning, it is vital to have as much information as possible regarding the species/poison. Have telephone number for the poison hotline close to the aquarium.
Since people can have different reactions to poisons, take precautions necessary to ensure your safety and that of your surroundings.

Difficult to keep alive

This species is hard to keep alive and thriving.

Threat towards crustaceans

This species poses a threat towards shrimps and crabs etc., which are relatively small.

Endangered species

This species is endangered.

Sensitive during transportation

This species is very sensitive during transportation and acclimatizing into the aquarium.

Requires a varied diet

This species must be fed with an appropriately varied diet.

Sandy substrate

This species thrives best if there is sufficient sand into which it can dig itself in.


Should be fed with a varying mix of small pieces of squid, fish, mussel, crustacean and krill.

It can be difficult to estimate how big an aquarium these fish require, but it goes without saying that the sand area must be very big and sufficiently deep for the fish to bury into.

Family description (Dasyatidae)

Stingrays will thrive best in an aquarium which is mainly dedicated to them. 

They need a large sandy area, which therefore means a very large tank. 

References and further reading

About references

Adam Blundell. Saltwater Ray Husbandry - Wet Web Media - (English)

Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).


venomous, eats shrimp, eats crab, deep sand bed
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