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    SPOTTED EAGLE RAY
    Aetobatus narinari



    Identification
    This is probably the easiest ray to identify. Broad angular disc, twice as wide as long,
    strongly concave posterior with angular tips. Dark brown to black with series of lighter
    spots/circles on the dorsal surface. Disc white ventrally. Large fleshy subrostral lobe.
    Dorsal fin near base of whip-like tail followed posterior by a venomous spine(s).

    Habitat
    Commonly found in shallow inshore waters such as bays, estuaries, and coral reefs but
    may cross oceanic basins to depths of around 200 feet.

    Feeding
    Feeds mainly on bivalves but also eats shrimp, crabs, octopus, worms, whelks, and small
    fishes.

    Reproduction
    Aplacental viviparity. Up to four young pups per litter.

    Size/Age
    Wingspan up to 10 feet and up to 500 pounds. Maximum total length (tip of snout to tip end
    of tail) of 17 feet.

    Human Factors
    Protected in Florida state waters. Often seen swimming near the water surface,
    occasionally leaping completely out of the water. Frequently forming large schools during
    the non-breeding season. Non-aggressive species of little danger to humans with the
    exception of their defensive venomous barb located near the base of the tail. Avoid handling
    or exercise extreme caution.











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