First confirmed record of the occurrence of the lesser devil ray, Mobula hypostoma (Elasmobranchii, Mobulidae), in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico

Luis Fernando Del Moral-Flores, Itzel Meza-Abundio, Horacio Pérez-España

Submited: 2019-10-18 16:05:35 | Published: 2020-09-01 15:36:11

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3856/vol48-issue4-fulltext-2459

Abstract


Nine specimens (one female and eight males, all juveniles) of lesser devil ray, Mobula hypostoma (Bancroft, 1831), were caught in the southwest Gulf of Mexico. These specimens represent the first record of the species in the Mexican waters. The disk width ranged between 552 and 773 mm. Morphometrics data are consistent with previously published records. Because of the number of specimens captured, we suggest that it is not a rare species in the southwest Gulf of Mexico.


Del Moral-Flores L, Meza-Abundio I, Pérez-España H. First confirmed record of the occurrence of the lesser devil ray, Mobula hypostoma (Elasmobranchii, Mobulidae), in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res.. 2020;48(4): 696-699. Available from: doi:10.3856/vol48-issue4-fulltext-2459 [Accessed 27 Sep. 2020].
Del Moral-Flores, L., Meza-Abundio, I., & Pérez-España, H. (2020). First confirmed record of the occurrence of the lesser devil ray, Mobula hypostoma (Elasmobranchii, Mobulidae), in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 48(4), 696-699. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3856/vol48-issue4-fulltext-2459