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    SMOOTH BUTTERFLY RAY
    Gymnura micrura


    Identification
    Disc broad, much wider than long ('butterfly shaped').  Coloration brownish, gray or green
    with many small dark spots/blotches dorsally and white ventrally.  Snout protruding.  Tail
    short with low dorsal and ventral fin folds and three to four dark crossbars.  No venomous
    spine on tail.

    Habitat
    Prefers coastal waters and usually found on soft mud or sandy substrates. May enter
    estuaries or bays.

    Feeding
    Benthic feeder.  Feeds on bottom-living invertebrates and fishes.

    Reproduction
    Aplacental viviparity. Three to four pups per litter.

    Size/Age
    Wingspan up to 4.5 feet.

    Human Factors
    Non-aggressive species of no danger to humans.





























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