Aetomylaeus vespertilio

(Bleeker, 1852)

Ornate eagle ray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Myliobatidae

Reference of the original description
Bleeker, P. (1852)
Bijdrage tot de kennis der Plagiostomen van den Indischen Archipel. Verhandelingen van het Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen, 24(art. 12): 1–92, Pls. 1–4

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Aetomylaeus reticulatus, Aetomylus vespertilio, Myliobatis vespertilio

Aetomylaeus vespertilio
Holotype: RMNH: 7460 (?)
Aetomylaeus reticulatus
Holotype: TFRI: 2820;

Description :

Citation: Aetomylaeus vespertilio (Bleeker, 1852): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

Please send your images of "Aetomylaeus vespertilio" to

Aetomylaeus vespertilio (Bleeker, 1852), © FAO,
Common names
eng Ornate eagle ray, eng Reticulate eagle ray

Indo-West Pacific: scattered localities, from southern Mozambique to the western Pacific. 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]. Found on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154).

Size / Weight / Age
240 cm WD (male/unsexed; [2539])

benthopelagic; marine; depth range ? - 110 m (Ref. 9862)

shark-references Species-ID=143;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Malalophus jensenae Chisholm & Whittington, 2009 [7420]

  • Janinecaira darkthread Benz, Smith, Bullard & Braswell, 2007 [7594]

  • Gnathia maculosa Ota & Hirose, 2009 [22155]
  • Gnathia trimaculata Coetzee, Smit, Grutter & Davies, 2009 [17188] [22155]