Image: Manta Ray scales / thorns

Manta Ray scales / thorns

A dorsal view of thorns on the tail of a Manta Ray from the Australian Museum collection (AMS I.39408-001). The thorns are modified scales.

Sue Lindsay
© Australian Museum


The image was obtained by removing a small section of skin from an old dried Manta Ray tail in the fish collection. This was gold coated and examined using the scanning electron microscope at the Australian Museum.

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Manta birostris, thorn, scale, Manta Ray, Mobulidae,