New Australian records of the Japanese devilray Mobula japanica (Müller & Henle 1841) are documented from photographs taken at Ribbon Reefs, Fraser Island, off Noosa and off Southport, Qld, and from a specimen beach-washed on North Stradbroke Island, Qld. This specimen, measuring 2224 mm disc width, was located on 02/09/2007 and is the first sexually mature male recorded in Australian waters. Morphometrics for this specimen are generally consistent with previously published accounts. Where differences exist, these are marginal. Within Australian waters, M. japanica has thus far only been recorded from the east coast, within the latitudinal range 14°57′- 32°59′S. The recent increase in records suggests the species is more common in Australian waters than previously thought.
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|Memoirs of the Queensland Museum: Cultural Heritage Series
|Published - 2010