Atlantic Devil Ray
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DEVIL RAY
Mobula hypostoma

 

Identification
Similar in body shape to giant manta rays, but smaller in size. Dark black above, white below. Pectoral fins ("wings") long and pointed. Two large cephalic fins (rostra) protruding from front of head. Mouth small, sub-terminal. Tail whip-like, as long as the length of body and without a spine.

Habitat and Behavior
Pelagic, occurs in shallow coastal waters and some bays, as well as open ocean waters. Known to swim in schools, but are sometimes solitary swimmers. This species can swim at high speeds which allows it to breach and leap high above the water surface.

Feeding
Feeds mainly on planktonic crustaceans but may consume small schooling fishes.

Reproduction
Aplacental viviparity. Usually 1 pup per litter.

Size
Wingspan up to 4 feet.

Human Factors
Protected in Florida state waters. Of little danger to humans.



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The St. Johns River hosts the southernmost population of spawning American shad in North America.

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