Ah, another ray with a duck bill snout. Classic.
TFUI readers, say hello to the bull ray (Aetomylaeus bovinus), a subtropical light brown ray that is adorned with grey-blue strips on the dorsal side and has a creamy underbelly. #Finfact: It is often confused with Myliobatus aquila! Like other rays, they have flat teeth to help crush their prey of choice (in this case, crustaceans and molluscs).
Found along the eastern Atlantic (from Portugal all the way down to Africa), they’re commonly observed between 10 - 150 m of water. Capable of reaching up to 148 cm in length, they prefer warm tropical/temperate waters. Here, they are considered a prize angler fish (often let go) and their flesh is high esteemed. The bull ray is ovoviviparous, with a gestation of about six months that ends up with 3-7 pups per litter. The IUCN has assessed these animals as Data Deficient (DD).
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