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Bat Ray

Myliobatis californica

Bat RayMatthew Meier ~ matthewmeierphoto.com

Description

  • Pectoral fin tips rounded
  • Subrostral lobe (beak) short and rounded
  • Small dorsal fin positioned just behind the posterior edge of the pelvic fins
  • Dorsum uniformly brown, olive, or black
  • Disc width more than 1.5 x length
  • Long slender whip-like tail with elongated finely serrated tail sting

Range

  • Endemic to the eastern Pacific from Yaquina Bay in northern¬†Oregon to the Gulf of California
  • Common along the Californian coastline and around the Channel Islands
  • Maintains a small home range

Habitat

  • Usually found in sandy or muddy bays and less frequently on rocky reefs and in kelp forests
  • Intertidal to about 50 meters but Bat Rays will migrate over deeper water when traveling between islands

Diet

  • Includes clams, worms, abalone, oysters, snails, shrimps, crabs, and bony fishes

Interesting Facts

  • Feeds by pushing its snout through the mud or sand to find invertebrates
  • Also flexes its pectoral fins while on the substrate to create enough suction to pull sand away exposing prey animals
  • Reproduction Ovoviviparous
  • 2-12 young, spawn in summer