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Occurrence of mobulids in the Azores, central North Atlantic
Sobral, A.F.; Afonso, P. (2014). Occurrence of mobulids in the Azores, central North Atlantic. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 94(8): 1671-1675. hdl.handle.net/10.1017/s0025315414000964
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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Keywords
    Checklists; Manta Bancroft, 1829 [WoRMS]; Mobula Rafinesque, 1810 [WoRMS]; Mobulinae Gill, 1893 [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Oceanic habitat

Authors  Top | Dataset 
  • Sobral, A.F.
  • Afonso, P.

Abstract
    An updated checklist of manta and devil rays (family Mobulidae) occurring in waters of the Azores archipelago is given based on new data from underwater images and on the re-evaluation of previous citations for the region. There are, at least, three species of mobulids occurring in the region, possibly four: giant manta Manta birostris; Chilean devil ray Mobula tarapacana; and one or both of the giant devil ray Mobula mobular/spinetail devil ray Mobula japanica species complex. These findings have direct implications for the known ranges of all these species and for the conservation of their North Atlantic populations.

Dataset
  • Underwater fish visual census in the Azores from 1997 to 2015, more

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