Bluespotted Ribbon Tail Ray

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A bluespotted ribbontail ray (Taeniura lymma) flutters along the sandy bottom of the Red Sea in Ras Muhammad National Park. At night, small groups of these rays follow the rising tide onto sandy flats to root for small benthic invertebrates and bony fishes in the sediment. When the tide recedes, the rays separate and withdraw to shelters on the reef, which is probably where this one is headed now. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed this species as Near Threatened, as it faces widespread habitat degradation and intensive fishing pressure throughout its range.