Occurrence and use of an estuarine habitat by giant manta ray Manta birostris

A. M. Medeiros*, O. J. Luiz, C. Domit

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Abstract

Based on the knowledge of local artisanal fishermen and on direct observations, this study presents evidence that the giant manta ray Manta birostris uses the Paranaguá estuarine complex in south Brazil, south-western Atlantic Ocean, in a predictable seasonal pattern. Behavioural observations suggest that the estuary can act as a nursery ground for M. birostris during the summer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1830-1838
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Volume86
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • aggregation
  • Brazil
  • elasmobranchs
  • habitat use
  • nursery

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