Common family name
Others in family
Bonnet, Smooth-tail, Mobula, Bull, Cownose
Up to 5m
Mandible structures at the head with a kite-shaped body and long thin tail. Dark on top with white ventral area. Mouth ventral. Head is narrow.
Myliobatidae family consists of 7 genera and 42 species. Smaller than the Manta ray. Mouth position also different. Can form large schools. Also seen to breach. Tail is shorter than the body. Hunted for their skin, meat, cartilage and gill filter plates. Ovoviviparous. Young are born fully developed.
Filter feeders. Food includes plankton and fish larvae.
Occurs in all temperate and tropical oceans of the world.
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