Manta Ray

No. 100096

by Safari Ltd
$6.99USD

Mantas are the largest members of the superorder Batoidea, commonly known as rays. Despite their large size (up to 20 feet across), manta rays pose no threat to humans and only feed on tiny organisms such as krill and plankton.

  • Scientific Name: Genus Manta
  • Characteristics: This manta ray is engaged in filter feeding behavior, with its mouth open wide to consume massive amounts of water which it will then filter to separate the shrimp and other small organisms it eats. This hand-painted figure’s fins are raised in mid-flap, reflecting the motions it uses to propel itself through the sea.
  • Size and Color:  This figure features a 4 ½ inch wide wingspan and is 5 ¾ inches long from the fins around its mouth to the tip of its tail, making it about the size of a soda can. Its body is black with white markings on its tail, wingtips and head. Its underside is white.
  • The Manta Ray is part of the Wild Safari® Sea Life collection.
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free.

 

History:

Once believed to be a single species, the Manta genus is now usually separated into two: Manta bistrosis, the giant ocean manta, and Manta alfredi, the reef manta. The oceanic manta is larger, and can measure up to 23 feet wide. The reef manta is a bit smaller, with a maximum wingspan of 18 feet. Aside from size, the oceanic and reef mantas can be told apart by their markings. Reef mantas feature a soft gradient between the white and black markings on their backs, whereas oceanic mantas have sharper, crisp separation between white and black. This figure represents an oceanic manta.

  • Recommended Age: 3+
  • Size in cm: 14.5 L x 11.6 W x 3.5 H
  • Size in inches: 5.71 L x 4.57 W x 1.38 H
  • UPC: 095866002176