order: Myliobatiformes 

Family: Aetobatidae (pelagic eagle rays)

Species: 1

SPOTTED EAGLE RAY

Aetobatus ocellatus (Kuhl, 1823)

IUCN Status

BIOLOGY

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300 cm DW (880 cm TL)

Females at 150–160 cm DW,

Males at 100–130 cm DW
Variable, 18–50 cm DW
Up to 10 pups, usually 1–4
Viviparous, with histotrophy

KEY FEATURES

  • Pectoral fins joining head above level of eyes

  • Sting(s) present on tail (removed in individual pictured)

  • Dorsal fin raked back, its origin behind pelvic-fin insertions

  • Spiracles dorsolateral on head (openings visible in dorsal view)

  • Edge of nasal curtain deeply notched and V-shaped

  • Upper surface dark brown, blackish or greenish black, usuallywith many whitish spots (sometimes sparse)

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