Stingrays are a group of rays, which are cartilaginous fishes related to sharks. Stingrays are common in coastal tropical and subtropical marine waters throughout the world.

While most stingrays are relatively widespread and not currently threatened, for several species (for example Taeniura meyeni, colarensis, garouaensis, and laosensis), conservation status is more problematic, leading to their being listed as vulnerable or endangered by IUCN.