Bentfin Devilray, Mobula thurstoni (Lloyd 1908)


Other Names: Lesser Devil Ray, Smoothtail Devil Ray, Smoothtail Mobula, Thurston's Devil Ray

Bentfin Devilrays, Mobula thurstonion the outer Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, August 2017. Source: mattytestoni / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

Summary:
, smoothtail devil ray, smoothtail mobula, or Thurston's devil ray

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Bentfin Devilray, Mobula thurstoni (Lloyd 1908)

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Distribution

Off Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, and off Mackay and Port Douglas, Queensland, Elsewhere the species is known from scattered locations in the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Feeding

Feeds on pelagic crustaceans such as euphausid and mysid shrimps.

Biology

An aplacental viviparous species - embryos initially obtain nutrients from the yolk, then absorb enriched uterine fluid provided by the mother. Females produce a single pup (length 65-85 cm DW) after a gestation period of about one year. 

Fisheries

Targeted or taken as bycatch in pelagic and demersal gillnets, and purse seines in parts of its range - particularly in South Asia.

Etymology


Species Citation

Dicerobatis thurstoni Lloyd, 1908, Rec. Indian Mus. 2(2): 179, pl. 4(2). Type locality: India.

Author

Dianne J. Bray

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Bentfin Devilray, Mobula thurstoni (Lloyd 1908)

References


Compagno, L.J.V. & Last, P.R. 1999. Families Gymnuridae, Myliobatidae, Rhinopteridae, Mobulidae. pp. 1505-1529 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068.

Clark, T.B., Smith, W.D. & Bizzarro, J.J. 2006. Mobula thurstoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2.. Downloaded on 06 August 2015.

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Canberra : CSIRO Australia 513 pp.

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Australia 2, 550 pp.

Lloyd, R.E. 1908. On two new species of eagle-rays (Myliobatidae), with notes on the skull of the genus Ceratoptera. Records of the Indian Museum 2(2): 175-180.

Notarbartolo-di-Sciara, G. 1987. A revisionary study of the genus Mobula Rafinesque, 1810 (Chondrichthyes: Mobulidae) with the description of a new species. Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology 91(1): 1-91.

Whitley, G.P. 1936. The Australian devil ray, Daemomanta alfredi (Krefft), with remarks on the superfamily Mobuloidea (order Batoidei). The Australian Zoologist 8(3): 164-188.


Wourms, J.P. 1977. Reproduction and development in chondrichthyan fishes. American Zoologist 17:379–410.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37041003

Conservation:IUCN Near Threatened

Depth:0-100 m

Habitat:Pelagic

Max Size:180 cm DW

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