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Resurrection of the family Aetobatidae (Myliobatiformes) for the pelagic eagle rays, genus Aetobatus


White, WT and Naylor, GJP, Resurrection of the family Aetobatidae (Myliobatiformes) for the pelagic eagle rays, genus Aetobatus, Zootaxa, 4139, (3) pp. 435-438. ISSN 1175-5326 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Magnolia Press

DOI: doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4139.3.10


Molecular and morphological data show that the pelagic eagle rays of the genus Aetobatus form a distinct family-level grouping separate from the true eagle rays, Aetomylaeus and Myliobatis (family Myliobatidae). The family Aetobatidae is herein resurrected to include the pelagic eagle rays and definitions are provided for this family and for the Myliobatidae. The key characters separating Aetobatidae from Myliobatidae are: pectoral fins joining head at level of eyes (vs. below level of eyes), internasal flap deeply notched (vs. nearly straight), free rear tip of pectoral fins broadly rounded (vs. angular), spiracles dorsolateral on head and visible in dorsal view (spiracles lateral on head and not visible in dorsal view), dorsal fin with obvious free rear tip (vs. no free rear tip evident, posterior margin joining dorsal surface of tail).


Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aetobatidae, Myliobatidae, Aetobatus, Aetomylaeus, Myliobatis, new family arrangement
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Animal systematics and taxonomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:White, WT (Dr William White)
ID Code:118743
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2017-07-19
Last Modified:2017-08-15

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