Atlantic stingray (Dasyatis sabina)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Batoidea
Order: Myliobatiformes
Compagno, 1973

Myliobatiformes is one of the four orders of batoids, cartilaginous fishes related to sharks. They were formerly included in the order Rajiformes, but more recent phylogenetic studies have shown that the myliobatiforms are a monophyletic group, and that its more derived members evolved their highly flattened shapes independently of the skates.[1]


Nelson's 2006 Fishes of the World arranges the Myliobatiformes as follows:

  • Suborder Platyrhinoidei
    • Family Platyrhinidae (thornbacks)
  • Suborder Zanobatoidei
    • Family Zanobatidae (panrays)
  • Suborder Myliobatoidei
    • Superfamily Hexatrygonoidea
      • Family Hexatrygonidae (sixgill stingrays)
    • Superfamily Urolophoidea
      • Family Plesiobatidae (deepwater stingrays)
      • Family Urolophidae (round stingrays)
    • Superfamily Urotrygonoidea
      • Family Urotrygonidae (American round stingrays)
    • Superfamily Dasyatoidea
      • Family Dasyatidae (whiptail stingrays)
      • Family Potamotrygonidae (river stingrays)
      • Family Gymnuridae (butterfly rays)
      • Family Myliobatidae (eagle rays, manta rays)


  1. ^ Nelson, J.S. (2006). Fishes of the World (fourth ed.). John Wiley. pp. 69–82. ISBN 0471250317. 

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Myliobatiformes —   Myliobatiformes Raya del atlánt …   Wikipedia Español

  • Myliobatiformes — Myliobatiformes …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Myliobatiformes — Stechrochenartige Dasyatis kuhlii Systematik Überklasse: Kiefermäuler (Gnathostomata) Klasse …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Batidoidimorpha — Rajiformes Rajiformes …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Batoidea — Rajiformes Rajiformes …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Hypotremata — Rajiformes Rajiformes …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Rajiforme — Rajiformes Rajiformes …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Rajiformes — Rajiformes …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Rajoidei — Rajiformes Rajiformes …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Plesiobatidae — Tiefwasser Stachelrochen Systematik Unterklasse: Plattenkiemer (Elasmobranchii) ohne Rang: Rochen (Batoidea) Ordnung: Myliobatiformes Fami …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.