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Åberg Villacis, Carolina, 2020. Beteenden och hägnutnyttjande hos stingrockor (Dasyatis pastinaca) i fångenskap. First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Animal Environment and Health



Stingrays (Dasyatis pastinaca) are commonly seen at zoos and aquariums around
the world. Yet, little is known about the welfare of stingrays as few studies have
examined behaviours such as their use of enclosure in captivity. Understanding the
behavioural needs and enclosure use of animals in captivity can help us design
enclosures, which enhances natural behaviors. Measuring the activity budget of
performed behaviours can also provide important information about the welfare of
animals in captivity. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the enclosure
use and behaviour of captive stingrays to get a better understanding of their welfare.
Three stingrays were observed at the Skansen Aquarium for three days each, where
behaviours such as “laying in the sand” and swimming at the bottom” and also how
different zones of the aquarium was utilized were recorded. The results showed that
all three individuals had a preferred zone where they mostly spend time performing
inactive behaviours. On one of the study days all the rays showed more active
behaviours and spend time in several different zones. The reason they were more
active is likely because it was a feeding day. Enclosure use differed between the
morning and afternoon and there was a significant difference in times they switched
zones between the morning and afternoon. The stingrays also used more parts of
the enclosure in the afternoon. This was also the time of the day when feeding
normally took place. The results from this study can help get a better understanding
of the behaviour of captive stingrays.

Main title:Beteenden och hägnutnyttjande hos stingrockor (Dasyatis pastinaca) i fångenskap
Authors:Åberg Villacis, Carolina
Supervisor:Gräns, Albin and Berglund, Axel
Examiner:Loberg, Jenny
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2020
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VK005 Ethology and Animal Welfare - Bachelor's Programme, 180.0hp
Supervising department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Keywords:stingrocka, fångenskap, hägnutnyttjande, beteende, aktivitet
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Animal ecology
Deposited On:17 Jul 2020 10:34
Metadata Last Modified:18 Jul 2020 01:02

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