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Southern Eagle Ray

The Southern Eagle Ray has a blunt snout and eyes on the sides of the head. The species occurs in temperate waters of southern Australia and possibly New Zealand.

Identification

The Southern Eagle Ray has a blunt snout and eyes on the sides of the head. The disc is wider than long and has pointed tips. There is a small dorsal fin followed by a venomous stinging spine on the long whip-like tail.

It is brownish, grey, olive-green or yellowish above and paler below. The upper surface has a variable pattern of grey-blue spots and bars.

Size range

This species grows to 1.2 m in disc width and 2.4 m in total length.

Distribution

The Southern Eagle Ray is known from southern Queensland around the south of the country and north to the south-western coast of Western Australia. It may also occur in New Zealand.

Standard Fish Name: Southern Eagle Ray

Scientific Name: Myliobatis australis

Authority: Macleay, 1881

Family: Myliobatidae

Obsolete Names: Eagle Ray

Eagle Ray caught and released after taking a few photo's, Gee's this ray was big, Image taken by Karl Knight

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