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Taxonavigation: Dasyatoidea 
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Infraclassis: Euselachii
Division/Cohort: Neoselachii
Subdivision/Subcohort: Batoidea
Superordo: Batomorphii
Ordo: Myliobatiformes
Subordo: Myliobatoidei
Superfamilia: Dasyatoidea

Familia: Myliobatidae
Genus: Manta
Species: M. alfredi – M. birostris


Manta Bancroft, 1829

Etymology: Spanish for blanket, reportedly a name used by pearl divers between Panama and Guayaquil to designate an enormous fish they feared could devour them after enveloping them in its vast “wings”; however, some early accounts give the name as manatia, which may be an indigenous name later abridged to manta. (From The ETYFish project)



  • Bancroft, E. N., 1829: On the fish known in Jamaica as the sea-devil. Zoological Journal, London, 4 (16) (art. 55): 444-457.
  • Marshall, A.D.; Compagno, L.J.V.; Bennett, M.B. 2009: Redescription of the genus Manta with resurrection of Manta alfredi (Krefft, 1868) (Chondrichthyes; Myliobatoidei; Mobulidae). Zootaxa, 2301: 1-28. Abstract & excerpt


Vernacular Names[edit]

English: Manta Ray
ไทย: ปลากระเบนราหู, ปลากระเบนแมนตา
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