Animal Species:Ornate Eagle Ray, Aetomylaeus vespertilio (Bleeker, 1852)
The Ornate Eagle Ray has a complex pattern of lines and reticulations on the upper surface of the disc. The tail lacks a spine.
Standard Common Name
Ornate Eagle Ray
1.6 m disc with and 3.85 m total length (the fish in the video was reported to be larger)
It is known from Taiwan, Indonesia and northern Australia.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
- Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia. CSIRO. Pp. 513, Pl. 1-84.
Mark McGrouther , Senior Fellow