Mobula eregoodootenkee (Bleeker, 1859)
Longhorned mobula
Mobula eregoodootenkee
photo by Devarapalli, P.

Family:  Mobulidae (Devilrays)
Max. size:  100 cm WD (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-oceanic; marine; depth range 0 - 50 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea, Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf to South Africa and the Philippines, north to Viet Nam, south to northern Australia (Ref. 9911). This species is noted as a possible synonym of the earlier Mobula diabolus (Shaw, 1804) in Compagno's 1999 checklist (Ref. 35766).
Diagnosis:  Brownish-grey above, whitish below (Ref. 11228). Underside of pectorals with semicircular black blotch along middle of anterior edge (Ref. 11228).
Biology:  Found in coastal and oceanic waters (Ref. 30573); solitary of aggregations, sometimes with 50 or more individuals (Ref. 90102). Not known to penetrate the epipelagic zone (Ref. 9911). Feeds on plankton (Ref. 30573). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449).
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN); Date assessed: 20 January 2020 (A2bd+3d) Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless


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