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| Common names: devil ray (English), manta (Espanol) |
Mobula tarapacana (Philippi, 1893)
Chilean devil ray, Sicklefin devil ray
Head projecting, relatively long, with short horns; large triangular "wings" (pectoral fin flaps) that are strongly curved backwards; front margin of pectoral fin ends below and before spiracle; a short keel above spiracle; mouth on underside of head; teeth on both jaws, teeth relatively large and in mosaic pattern; filter plates of gills fused at tips; tail relatively short (less than half disc width), scaly, without spine; skin smooth.
Back brown to olivaceous green, underside white at front and abruptly grey posteriorly.
Grows to a disc width of at least 370 cm and a weight of 350 Kg.
Habitat: pelagic coastal waters.
Depth: to 30 m.
Circumtropical; lower Baja and the SW Gulf of California to Chile, the oceanic islands