Cownose Ray

COW-NOSED RAY

Price for original: $300

Price for 8"x10" print: $20

Price for 5"x7" print: $12

Rhinoptera bonasus is a familiar site in aquarium touch tanks.  Many people mistake the flaps on the underside of its head for the mouth, but they're actually highly-modified extensions of the wing-like pectoral fins.  The rays use these extensions to probe the sandy seafloor for the clams and other bottom-dwelling invertebrates upon which they feed.

 

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