Mobulidae, Gill, 1893

Biscoito, Manuel, Ribeiro, Cláudia & Freitas, Mafalda, 2018, Annotated checklist of the fishes of the archipelago of Madeira (NE Atlantic): I-Chondrichthyes, Zootaxa 4429 (3), pp. 459-494 : 487

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Family Mobulidae

Mobula tarapacana (Philippi, 1892) —Manta-cornuda; Chilean devil ray

Carneiro et al. 2014: 16.

Distribution in Macaronesia. possibly Madeira archipelago, Azores ( Porteiro et al. 2010), Canary Islands ( Brito et al. 2002; Brito Hernández & Sancho Rafel 2003) and Cape Verde ( Reiner 2005; Wirtz et al. 2013; Hanel & John 2014).

Remarks. no specimens from Madeira could be located in natural history collections. Wirtz et al. (2008) mention that M. mobular sightings may eventually be M. tarapacana . A similar situation seems to occur in the Canary Islands ( Brito et al. 2002). Until a solid proof of the occurrence of this species in Madeiran waters appears, we consider the presence of this species as in need of confirmation.

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