Reef Manta Ray (Manta alfredi) - Marine Life - Liveaboard Diving

Reef Manta Ray

Reef Manta Rays are very popular with scuba divers. They are large, intelligent, curious, friendly and harmless. They can grow up to 5 metres from wing tip to wing tip, but are normally 3 metres across. Large individuals are often mistaken to be Oceanic Manta Rays, which are a different species in the same genus (Manta). The Reef Manta has more spots on its underside and there is less contrast in the coloration on its back. The Oceanic/Giant Manta Ray (Manta birostris) has more defined colouration on its back, usually in the shape of a T. The Reef Manta's back is more of a V or Y shape, and less defined.

Manta Ray
Manta Ray
Credit: Johan Folmeus
Reef Manta Ray
Reef Manta Ray
Credit: Johan Folmeus
Reef Manta Ray Manta alfredi
Scientific Rank
Chordata (Chordates)
Chondrichthyes: Cartilaginous fish
Order: Myliobatiformes (Rays)
Family: Mobulidae (Mobulidae)
Genus: Manta (Manta)
Species: Manta alfredi
Average Size: 3 metres - 5 metres

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