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Yellowspotted river stingray - Potamotrygon leopoldi

Yellowspotted river stingray - Potamotrygon leopoldi

Scientific name: Potamotrygon leopoldi

Common name: Yellowspotted river stingray

Family: Potamotrygonidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 38 - 43 cm (14.96 - 16.93 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 21 - 25 °C (69.8 - 77°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

Yellowspotted river stingrays are carnivores so meaty foods are required. They will accept all live or frozen foods and they are very partial to a meal of shrimps. Other foods that will be accepted are earthworms, mealworms, cockles and mussels.


South America; Yellowspotted river stingrays are found in the Xingu River Basins.


Males have modified ventral fins that can be seen from underneath the fish, these are absent in the females.


When breeding is about to occur the male will bite the female, this is normal and part of the courtship, because of this behaviour always keep a larger female than the male. When ready to spawn the male will mount the female and clasp her with his ventral fins and insemination will take place if she is ready. The eggs are held for about 100 days and the “pups” are live born after this.


The expected life span of Potamotrygon leopoldi is 5-15 years.

Short description

Potamotrygon leopoldi need lots of space in the tank to swim. The minimum tank size is 100 gallons and a large footprint is required more than depth of the tank. They spend most of their time on the bottom of the tank but they will rise to the surface to feed.Also known as White-blotched river stingray (fishbase).


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