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COMMON EAGLE RAY

Common Eagle Ray picture

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Common Names: Common Eagle Ray, Eagleray, Bull Ray.

More common names below text.

Latin Name: Myliobatis aquila

Family: Myliobatididae

Identification: Pectoral fins narrow and rounded. Subrostral lobe (beak) short and rounded. Dorsum uniformly brown without markings. Trailing edges of pectoral and pelvic fins dusky. Ventrum pale. One or more spines on tail behind single small rounded dorsal fin.

Size: Wing span to 150cm.

Habitat: Shallow bays and estuaries, sometimes near rocky reef faces, and over sand flats (where it feeds). To 300m depth.

Abundance and distribution: A common species. Occurs from the southern North Sea to South Africa including the Mediterranean.

Behavior: Feeds on clams, snails, crabs, worms, sea squirts, and small bony fishes. Excavates it's prey from under the sand by flapping its powerful pectoral fins.

Reproduction: Ovoviviparous. The male Common Eagle Ray possesses large tubercles (modified skin denticles) that they may use to help them lock onto the female while mating.

Observations:

Photographs: Los Gigantes, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Eastern Atlantic Ocean.

Similar species: There are a number of other eagle / bull / bat rays some of which are very difficult to tell apart. The best reference is geographic location.

Reaction to divers: Quite timid and difficult to approach except at feeds where the individual rays have been habituated to divers. See Below.

Diving logistics: A great place to see and photograph common eagle rays is on one of the organized ray feeds at Los Gigantes in the Canary Islands. Los Gigantes Diving offers freestyle feeds once or twice per week. The divemaster takes a huge barrel of fish scraps to 60ft and offers them to the eagerly gathering ray species. After a while the human participants usually help themselves to some fish and wander off to interact with the rays on their own. The feed can be rather chaotic but the ray action is almost guaranteed. Other than numerous Common Eagle Rays, the attending species include common stingrays, roughtail rays, round stingrays and occasionally angel sharks, butterfly rays, and marbled torpedo rays. Very occasionally a large Bull Ray swims by.

Further reading:

Reef Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott W. Michael. Sea Challengers.

Sharks and Rays - Elasmobranch Guide of the World. Ralf M. Hennemann. IKAN.  

Other names of the Common Eagle Ray:

China Main Mandarin Chinese

China Main Mandarin Chinese

орляк Russian Fed Russian

Χελιδόνι Greece Greek

Χελιδόνα Greece Greek

Αετός Greece Greek

Αετόψαρο Greece Greek

Acula Italy Italian

Adelaarsrog Netherlands Dutch

Adlerrochen Germany German

Aetopsaro Greece Greek

Aetós Greece Greek

Aguila de mar Spain Spanish

Águila de mar Canary Is. Spanish

Aguila marina Spain Spanish

Águila marina Spain Spanish

Aigle commun France French

Aigle de mer France French

Aigle de mer commun France French

Ajkla Malta Maltese

Almindelig ørnerokke Denmark Danish

Aquila di mare Italy Italian

Aquila di Mare Malta Italian

Arendrog Namibia Afrikaans

Arendrog South Africa Afrikaans

Arendskoprog Netherlands Dutch

Arnarskata Iceland Icelandic

Arreião Azores Is. Portuguese

Bon Jesús Spain Spanish

Calumbe Italy Italian

Cappuccinu Italy Italian

Choucho Spain Spanish

Chucho Spain Spanish

Chuchu aquila Netherlands Dutch

Chuco Cape Verde Portuguese

Ciuvette Italy Italian

Colombo Italy Italian

Common bull ray South Africa English

Denizkartalı balığı Turkey Turkish

Diavuluni Italy Italian

Dormideiro Cape Verde Portuguese

Duivelsrog Netherlands Dutch

Eagle ray Malta English

Eagleray South Africa English

Épervier France French

Eulenrochen Germany German

Feraja Italy Italian

Ferassa Italy Italian

Ferraccia Italy Italian

Ferrazo France French

Ferri in coa Italy Italian

Folya Turkey Turkish

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Fulya Turkey Turkish

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Hirondelle Fr Guiana French

Jutjo Spain Spanish

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Lancette France French

Matan Italy Italian

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Protene Italy Italian

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Sea eagle UK English

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Tess Oman Arabic

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Totino Spain Spanish

Vaccarella Italy Italian

Viuda Spain Spanish

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