The western numbfish (Narcine lasti) is a small, plain yellow colored ray with medium-sized eyes placed on top of its body. They have a creamy underbelly that blends into their yellow dorsal side. Born at 8 cm long, the adults only reach about 37 cm in length. Both males and females mature at about 25 cm in length.
The southern fiddler ray (Trygonorrhina dumerilii) is a medium sized shovelnose ray with an oval disc. Their nostrils are partly covered by a fleshy flap. Their skin is covered with a pattern of dark edged bands, with their upper side being yellowish brown in color with dark grey bands across its back. Their ventral surface is pale, like many Chondrichthyans.
Valentine’s Day may be over and way past gone, but the loving is still pouring out of us. This week, we are loving on rays! Up first is the spotted shovelnose ray (Aptychotrema timorensis). They are brownish above with the white spots having a dark border.
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