New Zealand ea­gle ray

Mylio­batis tenuicau­da­tus

Australian Geographic - - Nature Watch -

Width: 160cm

One of the larger ea­gle rays. It is com­monly found close to shore on sand flats and sea­grass beds around the south­ern main­land and Tas­ma­nia, where it cre­ates feed­ing pits while in­gest­ing crus­taceans and poly­chaete worms. The species, once known as the Aus­tralian ea­gle ray, is now con­sid­ered a sub-pop­u­la­tion of the same species with a dis­tri­bu­tion cov­er­ing NZ and Aus­tralia.

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