Aetomylaeus maculatus

(Gray, 1834)

Mottled eagle ray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Myliobatidae

Reference of the original description
Gray, J.E. (1834)
Illustrations of Indian zoology; chiefly selected from the collection of Major-General Hardwicke, F.R.S. 20 parts en 2 vol. pl. 1–202.(Fishes on pls. 84–99 in vol. 1 and 88–102 in vol. 2)

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Aetomylaeus maculatus (Gray, 1834)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Aetobatus maculatus, Aetomylus maculatus, Myliobates maculata, Myliobates maculatus, Myliobates oculeus, Myliobatis maculata, Myliobatis maculatus, Myliobatus maculata, Myliobatus maculatus

Aetomylaeus maculatus
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Common names
eng Bat ray, eng Mottled eagle ray, eng Mottled eagle-ray, eng Ocellate eagle ray, eng Ornate eagle ray, eng Vulturine ray

Short Description
With distinctive color pattern and exceptionally long spineless tail over six times the length of the body (Ref. 37816).

Indo-West Pacific: India to China and Indonesia. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: medium; price reliability: very questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this family

Exhibit ovoviparity (aplacental viviparity), with embryos feeding initially on yolk, then receiving additional nourishment from the mother by indirect absorption of uterine fluid enriched with mucus, fat or protein through specialised structures [733].

Size / Weight / Age
200 cm WD (male/unsexed; [20218])

reef-associated; brackish; marine; depth range ? - 18 m (Ref. 37816)

shark-references Species-ID=138;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Empruthotrema dasyatidis Whittington & Kearn, 1992 [7581]
  • Myliocotyle borneoensis Chisholm & Whittington, 2004 [9444]

  • Acanthobothrium myliomaculata Srivastav, Shweta & Noopur, 1959 [16420] [28741]
  • Dollfusiella sp. [15730]
  • Elicilacunosus sarawakensis Koch, Jensen & Caira, 2012 [15523]
  • Halysioncum gibsoni Ivanov & Caira, 2013 [19639]
  • Phyllobothrium panjadi Shipley, 1909 [16443]
  • Rhoptrobothrium myliobatidis Shipley & Hornell, 1906 [9450]