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Rhinoptera javanica (Flapnose ray)

Müller & Henle, 1841

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Chondrichthyes > Elasmobranchii > Batoidei >  Myliobatoidei > Rhinopteridae

Rhinoptera javanica (Flapnose ray) [Illustration by Ann Hecht ©]


Easily recognized by its double-lobed snout, indented forehead, and plain color. Normally seven rows of platelike teeth in each jaw. Colour brown above, white below.


To 1.5 m DW.


East coast of southern Africa, Natal and probably Mozambique; Indian Ocean and western Pacific.



Inshore tropical seas, found in muddy areas and shallow estuaries.


An active, strong-swimming ray that occurs in large schools. Eats bivalves.

Human Impact

Occasionally hooked by shore anglers, and sometimes caught in the Natal shark nets.

Text by Leonard J.V. Compagno, David A. Ebert and Malcolm J. Smale