Banded Stingaree

banded stingaree
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

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Bag and possession limits are for sharks and rays other than school, gummy, mako, blue, or elephantfish combined. Boat limit is for all shark and ray species combined, excluding elephantfish.

Guide to symbols

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Minimum size


Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.

Other names

crossback stingaree

Scientific name

Urolophus cruciatus

Grows to

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Identifying features

​A small ray with distinctive stripes and bars on the upper body.  The tail is short, not whip-like but with a rounded tail fin.  It has a stinging spine.

​​Area Restriction

Do not take in shark refuge areas.


Common in bays and estuaries down to 160 metres deep.  This ray spends most of its time buried in sand and mud but can occasionally be seen around shallow areas of wharves and jetties swimming near the surface.

Fishing Information

Not normally targeted by recreational fishers.  Can be caught on rod and line using fish flesh for bait.  More commonly seen during beach seine fishing at night.


Care needs to be taken in removing this stingaree from beach seine nets as it may lift its venomous tail spine and cause a spike to unwary fishers.


Not normally eaten.​


Fishwatch Report illegal fishing

0427 655 557

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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550