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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 041005 show as JSON
Scientific Name
and Authority

Mobula alfredi   (Krefft, 1868)

Rank: Species
CAAB category: 37 - Pisces Fishes

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Family: 37 41 Mobulidae (Devilrays) - show full list
Standard Name: Manta Ray
Common Names List: Alfred Manta
Organism Type: a devilray
Synonyms: Manta alfredi Manta fowleri Whitley, 1936
Manta pakota Whitley, 1936
Manta birostris
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.
Distribution map:
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Modelled distribution shown as blue polygon (source: Australian National Fish Expert Distributions) Updated on 2009-01-06.
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Expected species depth range is from 0 to 200 m.
Taxon Notes:Updated from Manta alfredi 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:M. alfredi was resurrected from the synonymy of M. birostris by Marshall et al 2009 (Zootaxa). M. alfredi is widely distributed from the western Indian Ocean to the eastern Pacific, but apparently rare in the eastern Atlantic. In Australian waters it has been recorded from northern Qld southwards to the Solitary Islands (NSW) and also central WA (south to Perth), but it may be more widespread.
Common/Standard Name Notes: provisional common name (species not in standard names list)

FoA 2738
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Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2022-08-22
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