Mobula hypostoma
Atlantic Devil Ray
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DEVIL RAY
Mobula hypostoma

 

Identification
Dark black above, white below.  Pectoral fins ("wings") long and pointed.  Two large cephalic fins (rostra) protruding from front of head.  Mouth small, sub-terminal.  Tail whip-like, as long as the length of body and with no spine.

Habitat
Pelagic, occurs in shallow coastal waters and some bays, as well as open ocean waters.

Feeding
Feeds mainly on planktonic crustaceans but may consume small schooling fishes.

Reproduction
Aplacental viviparity; usually 1 pup per litter

Size/Age
Wingspan up to 4 feet.

Human Factors
Protected in Florida state waters.  Found singly, in small groups, and in schools. Swimming at high speed and often leap high above the surface. Of little danger to humans.



FWC Facts:
Along the Florida coast from 1990 to 2011, sea turtles annually made between 51,000 and 93,000 nests.

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