Mobula kuhlii


Lesser devilray
Characteristic features:
Colour:

Dorsal surface blackish to greyish brown, ventral surface mostly white.

Size:

Attains at least 120 cm DW; males mature at ~115 cm; born at about 31 cm.

Distribution:

Found throughout the Indo–West Pacific, but range not well documented.

Habitat:

An uncommon inshore pelagic species.

Biology:

Viviparous, with histotrophy; probably giving birth to only a single pup. Diet unknown but presumably consists of planktonic crustaceans, and possibly small fishes and cephalopods.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught rarely in the tuna gillnet fisheries. Utilised for its gill filter plates (high value), meat, cartilage and skin.

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