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Pygmy devilray

(Mobula eregoodootenkee)

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Description

Mobula eregoodootenkee (the pygmy devil ray or longhorned mobula) is a species of eagle ray in the genus Mobula.It is endemic to the Indian Ocean and central-west Pacific Ocean.It ranges from South Africa in the west to the Philippines in the east,north to Vietnam,and south to the northern coast of Australia.It is a brownish-grey colour,with a whitish underside.It grows up to 100 cm wide.The species feeds on plankton and small fish.The longhorned mobula is an ovoviviparous fish,usually giving birth to a single pup in shallow waters.The young stay in these waters until they mature.The ray is likely a bycatch at several fisheries,being entangled in nets meant for other species.It is marketed in Thailand and possibly elsewhere in southeast Asia.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Elasmobranchii
Order:Myliobatiformes
Family:Myliobatidae
Genus:Mobula
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