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The ocean is an amazing place with hundreds of different types of animal species. Take a look at some of the popular marine life.

Rays - Stingrays / Mantarays

Rays are aquatic fish that have cartilage.

Batoidea is a superorder of cartilaginous fish commonly known as rays and skates, containing more than 500 described species in thirteen families. Rays have a boneless skeleton made of a tough, elastic substance.

With more than 500 species, rays come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and color. Rays have a wide variety of habitats, diets, and even varied methods of reproduction.

Rays Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Superorder: Batoidea

Size: The Manta Ray is the largest species of the rays. The largest Manta Ray ever found had a wing span of 25 feet across! The smallest ray is the Short-nose Electric Ray. The Short-nose Electric Ray is 4 inches across and weighs only 1 lb.

Habitat: Most ray species live on the sea floor, in a variety of geographical regions. The majority of rays are found in coastal waters, few live in deep waters.

Rays in Other Languages:

French: raie
German: Rochen
Hungarian: Raja
Italian: Razza
Latvian: Raja
Polish: Plaszczka
Portuguese: Arraia / Raia
Spanish: Raya
Swedish: Rocka

Diet: Ray species have varied diets, but all ray species are carnivores. Rays eat fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and worms. Rays mostly hunt on or near the bottom of the ocean.

Description: Rays have a flattened body shape and an elongated tail. Many rays have spines on their tail which can poison other animals when stung. Some rays have long, whip-like tails, other species have short tails.

Life Span: The life span of rays varies from species to species.

Did You Know?

Rays have no bones, only cartilage.

Athleticism: Rays are propelled through the water with their powerful, wing-like pectoral fins which ripple and flap.

Population Estimates:

Manta Ray


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