Rhinoptera brasiliensis Müller, 1836
Brazilian cownose ray
photo by Carvalho Filho, A.

Family:  Rhinopteridae (Cownose rays)
Max. size:  104 cm WD (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 20 m
Distribution:  Western Atlanitc: from the Gulf of Mexico to southern Brazil.
Diagnosis:  Median row of teeth is wider transversely to their lengths. Upper jaw has 9 series of teeth. Brown above, brownish white below. Darker towards the tips of the pectorals (Ref. 6902).
Biology:  A benthopelagic species found inshore over sandy bottoms from nearshore to about 20 m depth. Feeds mainly on molluscs (Ref. 114953). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449). Pups 38-48 cm disc width at birth (Ref. 114953).
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN); Date assessed: 30 April 2004 (A2abcd+3bcd+4abcd; B1ab(i,iii,v)) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 20.07.95
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 09.09.19

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