A first record of the Bentfin Devil Ray Mobula thurstoni (Lloyd, 1908) (Myliobatiformes: Mobulidae) from the Indian EEZ of the Andaman Sea

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Swapnil Shivdas Shirke
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9985-8442
M. Nashad
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5127-6224
Monalisha Devi Sukham
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7539-0133
H. D. Pradeep
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9890-1496

Abstract

This manuscript deals with the Bent-fin Devil Ray Mobula thurstoni for its first time occurrence in the Andaman & Nicobar waters around the Indian EEZ which is a new locality record confirming the range extension of the species to the southeast of Bay of Bengal (the Andaman Sea).  A female specimen of 318mm disc length and weighing 2.47Kg was caught by a multiday bottom trawler operated off North Bay and was landed at Junglighat fishing harbour, South Andaman.  A detailed diagnostic description and morphometric measurements of M. thurstoni is provided.  For the first time this species has been described from Indian waters and compared with the other related species, and so documenting its first occurrence in the Andaman & Nicobar waters.

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Shirke, S.S., Nashad, M., Sukham, M.D. and Pradeep, H.D. 2017. A first record of the Bentfin Devil Ray Mobula thurstoni (Lloyd, 1908) (Myliobatiformes: Mobulidae) from the Indian EEZ of the Andaman Sea. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 9, 12 (Dec. 2017), 11074–11080. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.3089.9.12.11074-11080.
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Author Biographies

Swapnil Shivdas Shirke, Fishery Survey of India

Senior Scientific Assistant

Fish and Fisheries Devision

M. Nashad, Fishery Survey of India, Port Blair

Senior Scientific Assistant

Monalisha Devi Sukham, Central Islands Agriculture Research Institute, ICAR Port Blair

Scientist

Fisheries Resource Management Devision

H. D. Pradeep, Fishery Survey of India Port Blair

Fisheries Scientist

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