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Manta rays in the Marquesas Islands: first records of Manta birostris in French Polynesia and most easterly location of Manta alfredi in the Pacific Ocean, with notes on their distribution

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  • J. Mourier

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    1. Laboratoire d’Excellence CORAIL, USR 3278 CNRS-EPHE, CRIOBE, BP 1013, 98729 Moorea, French Polynesia
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Abstract

Based on direct observations of free-ranging specimens, the giant manta ray Manta birostris is reported from the Marquesas Islands, the first sighting in French Polynesia. Sightings of its sister species, the reef manta ray Manta alfredi, are also reported at the most easterly location in the Pacific Ocean. Preliminary individual identification as well as notes on their distribution are also reported.

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