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Mobula tarapacana  (Philippi, 1892)

Chilean devil ray
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Élasmobranches (requins et raies) (sharks and rays) > Myliobatiformes (Stingrays) > Myliobatidae (Eagle and manta rays) > Mobulinae
Etymology: tarapacana: Named for the Chilean province Tarapacà, where the type specimen was landed.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Écologie

; marin récifal; océanodrome (Ref. 51243); profondeur 0 - 1896 m (Ref. 117177), usually 0 - 20 m (Ref. 89972).   Tropical; 50°N - 37°S, 180°W - 180°E (Ref. 114953)

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Circumtropical, recorded from scattered localities. Western Atlantic: off Venezuela. Eastern Atlantic: Côte d'Ivoire and South Africa. Reported from Cape Verde (Ref. 34514). Indian Ocean: northwestern Red Sea and India. Western Pacific: Japan, Taiwan, and probably tropical Australia. Eastern Pacific: Gulf of California and Chile.

Taille / Poids / Âge

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 328 cm WD mâle / non sexé; (Ref. 58048); 305.2 cm WD (female); common length : 250 cm WD mâle / non sexé; (Ref. 9256); poids max. publié: 350.0 kg (Ref. 50641)

Description synthétique Morphologie | Morphométrie

A large devil ray with a long head bearing short head fins; dorsal fin plain, and pectoral fins with strongly curved, swept-back tips; upper disc densely covered with small, pointed denticles and tail shorter than disc with no spine (Ref. 5578). Dark blue (Ref. 5578), olive-green to brownish above; ventral side white anteriorly, grey posteriorly, with an irregular but distinct line of demarcation (Ref. 11228). No caudal fin (Ref. 5578).

Biologie     Glossaire (ex. epibenthic)

Mostly oceanic, but also in coastal waters. Solitary, sometimes forms groups (Ref. 12951). Feeds on small fishes (Ref. 5578) and planktonic crustaceans (Ref. 9911). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449). Litter number 1 (Ref. 12951). Sometimes found stranded in beaches in temperate areas (Ref. 9911). Data on female Max. length from Ref.9256. Commonly caught in tuna gillnet and in harpoon fisheries. Utilized for its gill filter plates (very high value),meat, cartilage and skin (Ref.58048).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturité | Reproduction | Frai | Œufs | Fécondité | Larves

Exhibit ovoviparity (aplacental viviparity), with embryos feeding initially on yolk, then receiving additional nourishment from the mother by indirect absorption of uterine fluid enriched with mucus, fat or protein through specialised structures (Ref. 50449).

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McEachran, J.D. and G. Notarbartolo di Sciara, 1995. Mobulidae. Mantas, diablos. p. 759-764. In W. Fischer, F. Krupp, W. Schneider, C. Sommer, K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) Guia FAO para Identification de Especies para los Fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. 3 Vols. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9256)

Statut dans la liste rouge de l'IUCN (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Menace pour l'homme

  Harmless




Utilisations par l'homme

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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 19.4 - 28.9, mean 27.1 (based on 1824 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5005   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Niveau trophique (Ref. 69278):  3.8   ±0.59 se; Based on food items.
Résilience (Ref. 69278):  Très faible, temps minimum de doublement de population supérieur à 14 ans (Fec=1).
Vulnérabilité (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (54 of 100) .
Catégorie de prix (Ref. 80766):   Medium.