Animal Paper Model - Manta Ray Free Template Download

Animal Paper Model - Manta Ray Free Template Download

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Animal Paper Model - Manta Ray Free Template DownloadThis is a Manta Ray (Manta Birostris), large eagle ray belonging to the genus Manta, the paper model designed by zardoz. The larger species, M. birostris, reaches 7 m (23 ft) in width while the smaller, M. alredi, reaches 5.5 m (18 ft). Both have triangular pectoral fins, horn-shaped cephalic fins and large, forward-facing mouths. They are classified among the Elasmobranchii and are placed in the eagle ray family Myliobatidae.

Mantas can be found in temperate, subtropical and tropical waters. Both species are pelagic; M. birostris migrates across open oceans, singly or in groups, while M. alfredi tends to be resident and coastal. They are filter feeders and eat large quantities of zooplankton, which they shallow with their open mouths as they swim. Gestation lasts over a year, producing live pups. Mantas may visit cleaning stations for the removal of parasites. Like whales, they breach, for unknown reasons.

Both species are listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Anthropogenic threats include pollution, entanglement in fishing nets, and direct harvesting for their gill rakers for use in Chinese medicine. Their slow reproductive rate amplifies these threats. They are protected in international waters by the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals, but are more vulnerable closer to shore. Areas where mantas congregate are popular with tourists. Only a few aquariums are large enough to house them. In general, these large fish are seldom seen and difficult to study. [Source: wiki]

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