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Rajiformes - rays, sawfish, skates

rayThere are around 573 species of fish in this order. They have flattened bodies and large, wing-like pectoral fins that are attached to the side of their heads and run the length of their body! They use their wing-like pectoral fins to propel themselves through the water. They have a very small or no caudal fin; no anal fin; and eyes on the top of their heads. They have five or six pairs of gill slits on their undesides and many species have long, thin, whip-like tails. Most species are found in the ocean, but some species are found in freshwater environments.


 Dasyatidae (whiptail stingrays)
 Gymnuridae (butterfly rays)
 Hexatrygonidae (sixgill stingrays)
 Mobulidae (manta rays)
 Myliobatidae (eagle rays)
 Narcinidae (numbfishes)

 Plesiobatidae (deepwater stingrays)
 Pristidae (sawfishes)
 Rajidae (skates)
 Rhinobatidae (guitarfishes)
 Torpedinidae (torpedo electric rays)
 Urolophidae (stingarees)
bullet Urotrygonidae (American Round Rays)