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  Common names: bat-eagle ray (English), tecolote (Espanol)
 
Myliobatis peruvianus Garman, 1913

Peruvian bat-eagle ray

Disc rhomboidal, wider than long; pectorals distinctly pointed, concave at rear, continue onto rostrum; head and snout blunt, rounded, raised, broad, projecting well before disc; teeth in 7 series of flat, pavement-like plates, upper plates not arched; eyes and spiracles on side of head; tail slender, about as long as disc, no tail fin, with 1 large spine at its base after the small dorsal fin.

Very similar to  M. californicus, but  M. peruvianus is smaller, has more pointed pectoral tips, and has the dorsal fin origin further away from the pelvics back on the tail (2x vs 1x the length of the dorsal base after the pelvic base).

Dark brown above, belly white grading to brown on pectorals and pelvics.

Size: 67 cm wide; 100 cm long.

Habitat: soft bottoms, coastal.

Depth: 1-50 m.

Ecuador to Chile, rarely the Galapagos.   

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