Aetomylaeus nichofii


Banded eagle ray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Myliobatidae

Reference of the original description
BLOCH, M.E. & SCHNEIDER, J.G. (1801)
M.E. Blochii Systema Ichthyologiae iconibus ex illustratum. Post obitum auctoris opus inchoatum absolvit, correxit, interpolavit. J.G. Schneider, Saxo: 584 p., 110 pl.

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Aetomylaeus cf. nichofii, Aetomylaeus huletti, Aetomylaeus nichoffi, Aetomylaeus nichofi, Aetomylaeus nichofii cornifera, Aetomylaeus niehofii, Aetomylus nichofii, Myliobates nieuhofii, Myliobates vultur, Myliobatis nienhofii, Myliobatis nieuhofi, Myliobatis nieuhofii, Myliobatis nieuhofii cornifera, Myliobatis vultur, Myliobatis vulture, Raja fasciata, Raja nichofii, Raja niehofii

Aetomylaeus nichofii
Neotype: CSIRO: H 4426-13;
Aetomylaeus huletti
Holotype: SAIAB: (not found)
Myliobatis nieuhofii cornifera
Syntype: BMNH: 1909.7.12.35; BMNH: 1909.7.12.36; ZSI: F2285/1; ZSI: F2286/1;
Myliobatis vultur
Holotype: BMNH: 1953.8.10.17

Description :

Citation: Aetomylaeus nichofii (BLOCH & SCHNEIDER, 1801): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 01/2021

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Aetomylaeus nichofii (BLOCH & SCHNEIDER, 1801), © Randall, J.E,
Common names
eng Banded eagle ray, eng Barbless eagle ray, eng Nieuhof"s eagle ray, eng Nieuhof"s eagle-ray

Indo-West Pacific: Persian Gulf to the Philippines, north to Korea and southern Japan, south to northern Australia. Possibly in the Red Sea and eastern and southern Africa. 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]. Gives birth to ~4 pups; born at ~17 cm WD [2539]. Occurs inshore and offshore, from the intertidal to at least 70 m depth. May enter brackish water [20220]. Found on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154). Feeds on worms, crustaceans, snails, and bony fishes.

Size / Weight / Age
65.0 cm WD (male/unsexed; (Ref. 47613))

demersal; amphidromous [17660]; brackish; marine; depth range ? - 70 m [1388]

shark-references Species-ID=140;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Empruthotrema dasyatidis WHITTINGTON & KEARN, 1992 [7581]
  • Myliocotyle multicrista CHISHOLM & WHITTINGTON, 2004 [9444]

  • Acanthobothrium hanumantharaoi RAO, 1977 [16226] [28741]
  • Acanthobothrium rhynchobatidis SUBHAPRADHA, 1955 [16128]
  • Dollfusiella sp. [15730]
  • Echinobothrium parsadrayaiense MOGHADAM & MERAJI MASOULEH HASELI, 2014 [21001]
  • Elicilacunosus dharmadii KOCH, JENSEN & CAIRA, 2012 [15523]
  • Elicilacunosus fahmii KOCH, JENSEN & CAIRA, 2012 [15523]
  • Halysioncum arafurense IVANOV & CAIRA, 2013 [19639]
  • Halysioncum kishiense MOGHADAM & MERAJI MASOULEH HASELI, 2014 [21001]
  • Myliobatibothrium sp. [16235] [16220]
  • Prochristianella butlerae BEVERIDGE, 1990 [17404] [21816]
  • Prochristianella sp. [15730]
  • Rhoptrobothrium chongi JENSEN & CAIRA, 2006 [9450]
  • Rhoptrobothrium gambangi JENSEN & CAIRA, 2006 [9450]
  • Rhoptrobothrium limae JENSEN & CAIRA, 2006 [9450]