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Lesser devil ray

Lesser devil ray

(mobula hypostoma)

The lesser devil ray has a unique body shape very similar to that of the more familiar manta ray: a diamond-shaped outline with a wide mouth flanked by two broad, flexible, fleshy cephalic lobes. However, its head is narrower proportionally than that of a manta. The upper body surface is black. The outer cephalic lobes and lower part of the body and tail are pale yellowish or grayish white. Its tail is long and whip-like and does not contain a spine.

Fun Facts

  • This ray also is called the “Atlantic devil ray”. The term “devil ray” is applied generally to this group of rays because when rolled and projected forward, the cephalic lobes have the appearance of horns.
  • It is a high-speed swimmer and often jumps clear of the sea surface.
  • The only natural enemies of the lesser devil ray are large sharks and man.
  • A single pup is born fully formed at about 22 inches (55 cm) in disk width.
  • Reproduction is believed to occur only about every 4 to 5 years.
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