Leopoldi Stingray

A Leopoldi Stingray swims along the sand at the bottom of a  tank at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

Animal's Behavior 
Leopoldi stingrays (Potamotrygon leopoldi) are bottom dwellers; however, they will surface for food and are one of the more active of the freshwater Rays.

Eating Habits
Shrimp, worms, silversides, and crustaceans.

South America inland waters: Northern Brazil.

Conservation Efforts
Further management plans and legislation improvement are required conservation measures for P. leopoldi. Local residents and communities should be involved in the management of this species and it is essential to develop public awareness through education and capacity building programs. Public awareness could also help reduce persecution (due to fear of injury) associated with tourism, recreation, and human settlement.

Animal Facts
It is seldom taken for food but juveniles enter the ornamental fish trade due to the attractive color pattern and the species faces persecution in some areas due to fear of sting injuries.