Gymnura poecilura (Shaw, 1804)
Long-tailed butterfly ray
Gymnura poecilura
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Gymnuridae (Butterfly rays)
Max. size:  250 cm WD (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Persian Gulf (Ref. 68964), Red Sea to French Polynesia, north to Japan. Also reported from Persian Gulf (Ref. 96002).
Biology:  Found on sandy bottoms of shallow inshore waters and offshore banks (Ref. 30573). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449). Feeds mainly on crustaceans and clams (Ref. 68964). Caught often in demersal trawls, and occasionally by trammel net. Utilized for its meat, but of limited value due to its typically small size (Ref.58048).
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 31 January 2006 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Also Ref. 87400.

Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 19.08.93
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 10.07.15
Checked by: Compagno, Leonard J.V. - 05.10.95

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