Taeniurops meyeni (Muller and Henle, 1841)

Taeniurops meyeni
Taeniurops meyeni
Photographer: 
Bob Edgar
Date: 
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Location: 
N W Solitary Island
Depth: 
13m
Taeniurops meyeni
Taeniurops meyeni
Photographer: 
Bob Edgar
Date: 
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Location: 
Sth Solitary Island
Depth: 
20m
Common name: Blotched Fantail Ray
Distribution:

Relatively common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific, from the Red Sea and East Africa, to Micronesia, north to southern Japan, south to Australia. In Australia recorded from Exmouth in Western Australia, across the tropical north through the Great Barrier Reef south to northern New South Wales, and including Lord Howe Island.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents wide range of habitats, from lagoons and inshore areas to offshore reefs and slopes. Depth to at least 500m, but usually 20 to 40m.

Additional Notes:

Recognised by the circular disc and blotchy black and white upper surface without thorns. Ventral skin fold extends to end of tail. Feeds on bottom dwelling fishes, molluscs and crustaceans and grows to 3m width.

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