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Compiler and date details

11 January 2020 - Douglass F. Hoese

6 May 2011 - Douglass F. Hoese


Recent works are followed here in recognising the Rhinopteridae as a family see (Last & Stevens 2009, Last et al. 2016). Previously, the group was treated as a subfamiily of the Myliobatidae (Nelson 1994, 2006; Hoese et al. 2006). Nelson et al. (2016) also treated it as a subfamily. Currently, one genus and 8 species are recognised worldwide, with two known from Australia (Last & Stevens 2009, Last et al. 2016). The group is found worldwide in warm seas in coastal areas. They are pelagic filter feeders.

Maximum size is about 1.5 m disc width or 1 m body length.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
05-Aug-2022 MYLIOBATIFORMES 23-Jun-2022 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese Dr Matthew Lockett
16-Apr-2012 16-Apr-2012 MODIFIED
16-Mar-2010 ADDED