Chordates •

Shortfin devil ray

(Mobula kuhlii)



Mobula kuhlii,the shortfin devil ray,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,Mozambique,Tanzania and the Seychelles in the west to the Philippines and Indonesia in the east,and southward to the northern coast of Australia.The shortfin devil ray is a small eagle ray growing to a maximum width of 120 cm (47 in) and a weight of 30 kilograms (66 lb).It is flattened horizontally with a wide central disc and the head is short with small cephalic fins.The large pectoral fins have curved tips and the dorsal fin has a white tip.The tail is not tipped with a spine and is shorter than the body.The dorsal surface of this fish is brown and does not bear any placoid scales,and the ventral surface is white.

Taxonomic tree:

Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Elasmobranchii
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