Journal of the
Ocean Science Foundation

An open-access free online peer-reviewed Marine Biology Journal, since 2008.

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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Natural history of manta rays in the Birdís Head Seascape, Indonesia, with an analysis of the demography and spatial ecology of Mobula alfredi (Elasmobranchii: Mobulidae)

EDY SETYAWAN MARK V. ERDMANN SARAH A. LEWIS RONALD MAMBRASAR ABDI W. HASAN SABINE TEMPLETON CALVIN S. BEALE ABRAHAM B. SIANIPAR RAFID SHIDQI HENDRIK HEUSCHKEL ORGENES AMBAFEN MUHAMAD IZUAN MOHAMMAD FAKHRY PRASETIA HIDAYATI AZIZAH ISMU N. HIDAYAT DEFY N. PADA ANDREAS MULJADI REBECCA PILKINGTON-VINCETT DHARMADI & FLORENCIA CERUTTI-PEREYRA

Abstract

The Birdís Head Seascape (BHS) in West Papua, Indonesia, is widely recognized as the global epicenter of coral reef biodiversity and is protected by an extensive network of 20 marine protected areas (MPAs) totaling over 4.7 million ha. It is home to large populations of both the reef manta ray Mobula alfredi (Krefft, 1868) and the oceanic manta Mobula birostris (Walbaum, 1792). We document the natural history of manta rays in the BHS and describe the demographics and spatial ecology of Mobula alfredi using underwater and aerial observations.

 
 
 

CITATION:

Setyawan, E., Erdmann, M.V., Lewis, S.A., Mambrasar, R., Hasan, A.W., Templeton, S., Beale, C.S., Sianipar, A.B., Shidqi, R., Heuschkel, H., Ambafen, O., Izuan, M., Prasetia, M.F., Azizah, H., Hidayat, I.N., Pada, D.N., Muljadi, A., Pilkington-Vincett, R., Dharmadi & Cerutti-Pereyra, F. (2020) Natural history of manta rays in the Birdís Head Seascape, Indonesia, with an analysis of the demography and spatial ecology of Mobula alfredi (Elasmobranchii: Mobulidae). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, 36, 49-83.

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4396260

publication date: 28 December 2020