Rhinoptera javanica (Flapnose ray)
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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.
tropical seas, found in muddy areas and shallow estuaries.
An active, strong-swimming ray that occurs in large schools. Eats
Occasionally hooked by shore anglers, and
sometimes caught in the Natal shark nets.