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Black-Spotted Whipray Video Stock Footage

The black-spotted whipray can grow to 80 cm (31 in) across and 1.8 m (5.9 ft) long reports of rays 1 m (3.3 ft) or more across are likely in error. It has a diamond-shaped, relatively thin pectoral fin disc approximately 1.1𔂿.2 times wider than long. The outer corners of the disc are fairly angular, and the leading margins are nearly straight. The snout is triangular and forms a broadly obtuse angle with a barely protruding, pointed tip. The eyes are small and immediately followed by larger, oval spiracles. The long, slender nostrils have a short, skirt-shaped curtain of skin between them the posterior margin of the curtain is concave on either side and finely fringed. The mouth is strongly bow-shaped and contains a row of four papillae (nipple-like structures) across the floor. The small, blunt teeth number 41󈞝 rows in the upper jaw and 40󈞞 rows in the lower jaw. The pelvic fins are small and somewhat narrow, with a curving posterior margin males have stout claspers. The very thin, gently tapering whip-like tail measures 2.1𔃀.7 times as long as the disc is wide, and lacks fin folds. One or two slender stinging spines are present atop the tail many individuals have the sting missing. Behind the sting, there is a deep ventral groove and prominent lateral ridges running to the tip of the tail. The upper surface of the disc is densely covered by tiny heart-shaped dermal denticles in a wide central band from bet...Learn more about Black-Spotted Whipray

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Animalia: Chordata: Rajiformes: Elasmobranchii: Dasyatidae: Himantura astra

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