Aetomylaeus caeruleofasciatus White, Last & Baje, 2015
Blue-banded eagle ray
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Family:  Myliobatidae (Eagle and manta rays), subfamily: Myliobatinae
Max. size:  59.1 cm WD (male/unsexed); 59.2 cm WD (female)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range 10 - 117 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: northern Australia and southern Papua New Guinea.
Diagnosis:  This small species of Aetomylaeus (reaching about 59.0 cm DW) is distinguisehd by the following set of characters: dorsal surface greenish to yellowish brown with a series of 7 transverse pale bluish bands which is sometimes faint; no dark spots or blotches; whitish ventral surface; usually the pectoral fins are not dusky distally; the tail is rather long (1.5-1.8 times DW); without stinging spine; head is short and narrow; fleshy rostral lobe, relatively broad, short, and with a rounded apex; teeth in 7 rows in each jaw, and with a broad median row flanked by 3 smaller rows on each side; dorsal-fin origin at level with pelvic-fin insertions; 84-88 pectoral-fin radials (excluding concealed propterygial radials anterior of eyes); 80- 86 total vertebral centra (including synarcual); 14 or 15 pelvic radials (excluding clasper) in males; 20 or 21 pelvic radials in females (Ref. 103981). Description: This species and A. nichofii differ from their congeners in having a dorsal pattern of 7-8 transverse pale blue bands; disc of adult female of this species is longer compared to adult female of A. nichofii (Ref. 103981).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 10 October 2015 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 27.07.16

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