eagle ray

(redirected from Myliobatid)
Also found in: Thesaurus.
Related to Myliobatid: Myliobatidae

eagle ray

n.
Any of various rays of the family Myliobatidae of tropical and subtropical seas, having platelike teeth used for crushing mollusks and large winglike pectoral fins, which they flap for propulsion.

eagle ray

n
(Animals) any of various rays of the family Myliobatidae, related to the stingrays but having narrower pectoral fins and a projecting snout with heavily browed eyes

ea′gle ray`


n.
any of several rays of the family Myliobatidae, found in tropical seas and noted for the soaring movements by which they propel themselves through the water.
[1855–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eagle ray - powerful free-swimming tropical ray noted for `soaring' by flapping winglike finseagle ray - powerful free-swimming tropical ray noted for `soaring' by flapping winglike fins; usually harmless but has venomous tissue near base of the tail as in stingrays
ray - cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
Aetobatus narinari, spotted eagle ray, spotted ray - ray with back covered with white or yellow spots; widely distributed in warm seas
cownose ray, cow-nosed ray, Rhinoptera bonasus - large ray found along eastern coast of North America
References in periodicals archive ?
1997), and studies have shown the general absence of oysters in the diets of rhinopterid and myliobatid rays (Smith & Merriner 1985, Collins et al.
The symphyses that loosely connect the two sides of the mandible (lower jaw) and of the palatoquadrate (upper jaw) are fused in the rhinopterid and closely related myliobatid rays (Summers 2000).
Stiffening the stingray skeleton: an investigation of durophagy in myliobatid stingrays (chondrichthyes, Batoidea, Myliobatidae).