Aetomylaeus vespertilio (Bleeker, 1852)
Aetomylaeus vespertilio (Bleeker, 1852)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Aetomylaeus vespertilio

English Name: Ornate eagle ray

Creole Name: Lare dore

French Name: -

IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN)


Large eagle ray, grey dorsally numerous transverse black lines anteriorly transitioning to rings posteriorly and continuing with barring or spotting effect on to 
tail. Head with several black spots and stripes. The tail has no spine. Ventral surface white. Disc broad but short, length about half DW. Pectoral fins weakly falcate.


Maturity: Males mature at approx. 170cm DW, female size at maturity unknown. Max: attains at least 300cm DW, possibly 350cm DW (up to 600cm TL).

Habitat and Ecology:

Little is known about this species. Found on banks and coral reefs from 1 -110m depth. Ovoviviparous.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the net fishery and occasionally harpooned. It is a relatively rare component of the catch.


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Nevill, J.E.G. (2019). Aetomylaeus vespertilio, Ornate eagle ray. Seychelles Seatizens. (Edited 29/09/21).

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