Bat Ray - Myliobatis californica |

Avalon, Catalina Island
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Bat Ray (Myliobatis californica)

Chordata > Pisces > Elasmobranchii > Selachii > Batoidea > Rajiformes > Myliobatidae

Demersal (1) The Manta Ray (Manta birostris) and Mobulas (Mobula japanica and M. thurstoni are vaguely similar but the Bat Ray can be distinguished from either by the lack of armlike projections on the head. Additionally, Mantas and Mobulas are extremely rare and are unlikely to stray into California waters. Gulf of CA to Oregon (3) Common (3), abundant in the Channel Islands (4) Marine.

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1. FishBase - Myliobatis californica
2. WoRMS - Myliobatis californica
3. Guide to the Coastal Marine Fishes of California (Miller and Lea, 1972)
4. Channel Islands National Park Fish Species List

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