Special thanks for the foto to Christian Coudre, France, merci!
Probably cosmopolitan in tropical and subtropical seas. Eastern Atlantic: southeastern coasts of the Mediterranean and off Sicily.
Reported from Cape Verde.
Eastern Pacific: California (USA), Baja California (Mexico), and the Galapagos Islands Reported off Vancouver and from Chile.
There are 4 records from southern Africa.
Found in open, tropical and warm temperate waters usually in the first 100 m. Possibly the only totally pelagic member of the family.
Feeds on coelenterates (including medusae), squid, decapod crustaceans, and fish. Ovoviviparous.
Venomous spine on tail!
Dasyatis atratus Ishiyama & Okada, 1955
Dasyatis guileri Last, 1979
Dasyatis purpurea (Müller & Henle, 1841)
Dasyatis purpureus (Müller & Henle, 1841) (misspelling)
Dasyatis violacea (Bonaparte, 1832)
Trygon purpurea Müller & Henle, 1841
Trygon violacea Bonaparte, 1832