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Published: 2016-06-16

First record of the sicklefin devilray Mobula tarapacana (Myliobatiformes: Mobulidae) from Australian waters

Auckland War Memorial Museum, The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand Department of Conservation, Private Bag 68908, Newton, Auckland 1145, New Zealand
Game Fishing Association of Victoria, PO Box 884, Wonthaggi VIC 3995, Australia
Pisces Myliobatiformes Mobulidae


The sicklefin devilray Mobula tarapacana (Philippi, 1892) is one of the largest and least known mobulids (Compagno & Last 1999; Couturier et al. 2012). Collections, fisheries bycatch data and visual records suggest it is primarily oceanic, with a circumglobal tropical and warm temperate distribution (Notarbartolo-di-Sciara 1987; Compagno & Last 1999; Gadig & Sampaio 2002; White et al. 2006a, b; Weir et al. 2012; Sobral 2013; Tomita et al. 2013). In the Pacific Ocean it has been recorded from Chile, Gulf of California, Japan, Taiwan, South China Sea and Indonesia (Compagno & Last 1999; White et al. 2006b; Couturier et al. 2012; Tomita et al. 2013).



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