The order Rajiformes contains three families of ray-like fishes. Nelson (1994) included the group as a suborder, but we follow the classification of Last & Stevens (1994), Last (1994) and Compagno (1973) in considering the Rajiformes an order. Nishida (1990) and McEachran & Dunn (1998) discussed relationships.

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Order References

Compagno, L.J.V. 1973. Interrelationships of living elasmobranchs. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society of London 53(suppl. 1): 15–61 pls 1–2


Last, P.R. 1994. Families Torpedinidae, Rajiidae, Rhinobatidae. pp. 154-172 figs 132-149 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Print 992 pp. 810 figs


Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. 2nd edition. Canberra : CSIRO Australia 644 pp. 91 pls figs


McEachran, J.D. & Dunn, K.A. 1998. Phylogenetic analysis of skates, a morphologically conservative clade of elasmobranchs (Chondrichthyes: Rajidae). Copeia 1998(2): 271-290


Nelson, J.S. 1984. Fishes of the World. New York : John Wiley & Sons 523 pp. figs


Nishida, K. 1990. Phylogeny of the suborder Myliobatidoidei. Memoirs of the Faculty of Fisheries, Hokkaido University 37(1-2): 1-108