The Lesser Guinean Devil Ray (Mobula rochebrunei) is found… nope, not in Papua New Guinea as many people may have guessed. This ray has actually been observed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, swimming around Mauritania to Angola and possibly even Brazil (there were only two records off Brazil).
Known scientifically as Mobula munkiana, the Munk’s devil ray is a pelagic species found in coastal and oceanic waters of central and South America’s Pacific side up to 15 meters deep. Like other rays, they can be loners or found in large schools, mainly feeding on plankton and small fish.
Have some sympathy for the devil... the devil fish, Mobula mobular, that is.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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