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Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota (CAAB) Taxon Report

Animalia (kingdom)  »  Chordata (phylum)  »  Elasmobranchii (class)  »  Myliobatiformes (order)  »  Mobulidae (family)

CAAB Code: 37 041004 show as JSON
Scientific Name
and Authority

Mobula birostris   (Walbaum, 1792)

Rank: Species
CAAB category: 37 - Pisces Fishes

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Family: 37 41 Mobulidae (Devilrays) - show full list
Standard Name: Giant Manta Ray
Common Names List: manta ray
Giant Manta
Organism Type: a devilray
Synonyms: Manta birostris [in most publications prior to 2017]
Taxon lists: Current Australian list:
Commercial species list:
Standard Fish Names List:
Habitat: Pelagic, Epipelagic (0-200m, Oceanic)
Pelagic, Shelf (0-200m)
Parent Codes: 37 041902     Mobula spp.
Previous Codes
(if any)
Distribution map:
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Modelled distribution shown as blue polygon (source: Australian National Fish Expert Distributions) Updated on 2008-11-19.
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Expected species depth range is from 0 to 200 m.
Taxon Notes:Updated from Manta birostris after the phylogenetic study of White et al 2017 showed the genus Manta to nest within genus Mobula (ie Manta is a junior synonym of Mobula).
Scientific Name Notes:Mobula birostris is widespread in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. In Australia it has been reliably recorded from central WA and off NSW. Due to past confusion with M. alfredi, its Australian distribution needs to be resolved.
Common/Standard Name Notes: Provisional common name (species in standard names list but previous name "Manta Ray" not sufficiently specific)

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Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2022-08-22
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