Myliobatis aquila

Common eagle ray
Myliobatis aquila
Myliobatis aquila, Storms River Mouth, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, Photo: Graham Edgar


Mediterranean, Temperate Africa, Temperate northern Atlantic, Tropical Atlantic/Caribbean


High head with a beak-like snout, triangular \'wings\', and a large gill opening behind eye. Back is dusky brown and underside is white. Occurs both inshore and offshore, though more commonly encountered offshore.


Max Size: 183 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 13.6-31.2°C

Depth: 1-300m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Data Deficient

Occurrence: Infrequent (9.5% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields