Flapnose ray

Theme area:  Tropical aquariums
Scientific name:  Rhinoptera javanica
Class:  Chordates
Order:   Vertebrates
Suborder:   Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fish)
Family:   Myliobatiformes
Subfamily:   Dasyatidae
Continent:
,  Asia
,  Oceania
,  South America
Habitat:  Oceans and seas
Diet:  Fish-eater
Weight:  4,5 kgs
Size:  About 70cm
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INTERESTING FACTS

This ray has two protrusions under its snout that are folded down when swimming. It unfolds them and uses them to stir up the sand when searching for food. It is able to detect the vibrations of its prey in the sediment and only has to extract them by projecting a jet of water directed by its mouth. Its mouth is equipped with rows of teeth joined together to form a dental plate per jaw (upper and lower), which allows it to efficiently crush shells. 

Préservation
Extinct
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Endangered
Vulnerable
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated

DID YOU KNOW?

It feeds on molluscs and small crustaceans.

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