Mobula rochebrunei

(VAILLANT, 1879)

Lesser Guinean devil ray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Mobulidae

Reference of the original description
VAILLANT, L.L. (1879)
Note sur une nouvelle espèce d'elasmobranche hypotrème, le Cephaloptera rochebrunei. Bulletin de la Société philomathique de Paris, (7th Série), 3: 187–188

Mobula rochebrunei
Holotype: MNHN: A-9967;

Description :

Citation: Mobula rochebrunei (VAILLANT, 1879): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 09/2020

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Common names
spa Diablito de Guinea, fra \(T\) Petit diable de Guinée, eng Lesser Guinean devil ray, eng Lesser Guinean mobula, por Jamanta, por Jamanta-da-Guiné, por Manta

Eastern Atlantic: Mauritania (Ref. 5377) to Angola [20236]. Reported from Brazil (Ref. 53435). Source:

Human uses
fisheries: commercial

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]. Usually small, although it attains a max. length of 200 cm. Lives in groups and swims either close to the bottom or at the surface. Feeds on small fish and plankton.

Size / Weight / Age
133 cm WD (male/unsexed; (Ref. 4442))

pelagic-neritic; marine

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Mobulicola dubium (EUZET & MAILLARD, 1967) [19642]
  • Mobulicola enantiomorphica PATELLA & BULLARD, 2013 [19642]