The next Underrated Elasmobranch in this series is the Finless sleeper ray (Temera hardwickii). We’ve highlighted sleeper rays in the past for their ability to emit strong electrical currents that can be very harmful to any potential predators.
This species is smaller, growing up to only 46 cm ( 1.5 ft) in the oceans of the Indo-Pacific. While there is not too much known about this species, it is thought that they feed on small, bottom-dwelling invertebrates. Females allegedly have 4 pups with each litter.
This species of ray is considered Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List (2004).
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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