Mobula kuhlii

(Valenciennes in Müller & Henle, 1841)

Shortfin devil ray
Classification: Elasmobranchii Myliobatiformes Mobulidae

Reference of the original description
Müller, J. & Henle, F.G.J. (1841)
Systematische Beschreibung der Plagiostomen. Berlin, Veit, pp. 1–200

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Mobula kuhlii (Müller & Henle, 1841)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Aetobatis ereegoodoo-tenkee, Cephaloptera kuhli, Cephaloptera kuhlii, Dicerobatis draco, Dicerobatis eregoodo, Dicerobatus kuhlii, Mobula cf. kuhlii, Mobula draco, Mobula kuhli

Mobula kuhlii
Lectotype: MNHN: 1596; Paralectotype: BMNH: 2008.12.1.1 (ex ZSL)
Dicerobatis draco
Syntype: BMNH: 1870.8.31.68 BMNH: 1870.8.31.69

Description :

Citation: Mobula kuhlii (Valenciennes in Müller & Henle, 1841): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2024

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Common names
fra \(T\) Petit diable, eng Lesser devilray, eng Shortfin devil ray, eng Shorthorn devilray

Short Description
A small devilray with a short head bearing short head fins; dorsal fin white-tipped, and pectoral fins with slightly curved tips; upper surface with no denticles and tail shorter than disc, with no spine [536]. Dark brown above, white below [536].

Indo-West Pacific: eastern coast of Africa to Indonesia. 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]. Probably giving birth to only one pup; born at ~31 cm WD [2539]. Found in coastal and oceanic waters. Feeds on plankton.

Size / Weight / Age
120 cm WD (female); max. published weight: 30.0 kg [20053]

pelagic-oceanic; marine

shark-references Species-ID=3751; CITES: (see: Protected Species for more details) Convention on International Trade in Endangered Speciesof Wild Fauna and Flora annex: II; Council Regulation 2017/160 annex: B

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Crassuseptum pietrafacei Eyring, Healy & Reyda, 2012 [16500]
  • Nybelinia lingualis (Cuvier, 1817) [31083]