Southern Eagle Ray

Myliobatis tenuicaudatus

Myliobatis tenuicaudatus - Southern Eagle Ray
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Size: Disc width 1.2 m

Distribution: All SA continental waters

Habitat: Seagrass beds, sandy areas

Depth: Subtidal to 10+ metres

Myliobatis tenuicaudatus - Southern Eagle Ray

The only eagle ray found in SA waters, the Southern Eagle Ray is common in sandy areas or seagrass beds. It is a plain brownish to grey in colour, with a pattern of greyish-blue blotches that are often quite subtle. The pectoral fins which make up the disc are wing-like, and it has a thin, whip-like tail with a short but venomous spine near its base. The more diamond-shaped body differentiates this species from the stingrays, of which several species are found in SA.

Further Reference

Fishes of Australia