Mobula alfredi

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Mobula alfredi.


Taxonavigation: Dasyatoidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Classis: Chondrichthyes
Subclassis: Elasmobranchii
Infraclassis: Euselachii
Division/Cohort: Neoselachii
Subdivision/Subcohort: Batoidea
Superordo: Batomorphii
Ordo: Myliobatiformes
Subordo: Myliobatoidei
Superfamilia: Dasyatoidea

Familia: Mobulidae
Genus: Mobula
Species: Mobula alfredi


Mobula alfredi (Krefft, 1868)

  • Holotype (unique): AMS I.1731 (stuffed and painted over)

Type locality: Watson's Bay, at entrance to Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia.

Etymology: in honor of Prince Albert, Duke of Edinburgh (1844-1900), who was visiting Sydney at the time this “royal fish” was caught and posed for photographs with it. (From The ETYFish Project)


Vernacular names[edit]

Deutsch: Riffmanta
English: Reef Manta Ray, Prince Alfred's Ray
français: Raie manta de récif
ไทย: ปลากระเบนแมนตาแนวปะการัง


  • Kashiwagi, T., Marshall, A. D., Bennett, M. B. & Ovenden, J. R., 2012: The genetic signature of recent speciation in manta rays (Manta alfredi and M. birostris). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 64: 212–218. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2012.03.020
  • Krefft, J. L. G., 1868: Deratoptera alfredi (Prince Alfred's ray). The Illustrated Sydney News 5 (11 July 1868): 3, 9.
  • 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
  • White, W.T., Corrigan, S., Yang, L., Henderson, A.C., Bazinet, A.L., Swofford, D.L., & Naylor, G.J.P. 2018. Phylogeny of the manta and devilrays (Chondrichthyes: mobulidae), with an updated taxonomic arrangement for the family. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 182 (1): 50-75. DOI: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlx018 [PDF] Reference page


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