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A two-faced fish more than 400 million years old is likely the last common ancestor of all jawed vertebrates--including us--and provides additional evidence that sharks are not primitive creatures, as had long been assumed.
Twenty-one species listed under Convention on Migratory Species QUITO, Ecuador, Nov.
Sawfishes, Devil Rays, Reef Mantas, Hammerheads, Threshers, Silky Sharks Proposed for Listing under Convention on Migratory Species WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
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A newly published study led by researchers at the University of Washington has identified the anatomical differences between the different filters of various marine rays. Study researchers said their findings could be used to assess the species of ray filters being sold in Asian apothecary shops and to create new and improved manufacturing filters.
CITES plenary today accepted Committee recommendations to list five species of highly traded sharks under the CITES Appendices, along with those for the listing of both manta rays and one species of sawfish.
Conservationists have completed a revolutionary study of Manta Rays, utilizing innovative satellite tracking devices. The published study is the first to track the ocean’s largest ray to ascertain the whereabouts of the endangered animal.
A team of researchers led by Barbara Wueringer of the University of Queensland, Australia have been studying the feeding habits of the freshwater-dwelling sawfish Pristis microdon.
With shark populations tumbling around the world, Chinese cooks are turning to manta and devil rays to fill their shark fin soup pots. Until recently, the rays were targeted only by subsistence fishermen, The Times of London reported Friday.
The reef manta ray is found in shallow coastal waters around the Indo-West Pacific, The Red Sea, South Africa, Thailand and Western Australia. It can also be found around the southern islands of Japan and from Eastern Australia to French Polynesia, including the Hawaiian Islands. It will normally stay within a few miles of the shoreline around coral and rocky reef areas. The reef manta ray is the second largest of the ray family, reaching a maximum length of up to 16.4 feet and maximum...
The largest ray in the world is the giant oceanic manta ray. It is found in the open water of all the major oceans of the world. In the eastern Atlantic it can be seen from New Jersey to Uruguay; in the western Atlantic from the Azores Islands to South Africa; in the eastern Pacific from southern California to Peru and in the western Pacific from Japan to New Zealand. It also can be seen in the entire Indian Ocean. This manta ray will swim in deep water but enter the shallows around reefs for...
The cownose ray is found in the western Atlantic from the coast of Maine to southern Brazil. In the fall schools of 10,000 or more will migrate south to the warmer water of Yucatan, Mexico. The cownose ray is a bottom dweller at depths of up to 70 feet, in brackish (salty) water. As a territorial act the cownose will leap out of the water and land with a loud smack. An adult cownose has a brown body with a yellowish white belly, has an average wingspan of 45 inches and can weigh 50 lbs,...
The bull ray is found in the warm coastal waters, lagoons, and estuaries of Europe and Africa, mainly in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Black Sea, and Mediterranean Sea. The full distribution of this species is unclear. It swims both near the surface and on the bottom to feed in small groups at depths of 200 ft or more, sometimes leaping out of the water. Occasionally it is called a duckbill ray in the region of South Africa. The shape of the head is where the bull ray gets its...
The Shovelnose Guitarfish (Rhinobatos productus) is a species of ray that is found in Pacific waters from central California down to the Sea of Cortez. It can be found, sometimes in large numbers, over sand or mud sand bottoms in colder, shallow coastal waters. This fish is also known as the Shovelnose Shark, Pointed-nosed Guitarfish, and simply Guitarfish. The body of the guitarfish is depressed and gradually tapers into the tail. The snout is somewhat long and rounded at the tip. The top...
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