Isn’t this X-ray beautiful?
It’s a young male.
Yes, as far as I know those ribs are the cartilaginous skeleton of this animal, photographed by Ken Jones and displayed everywhere. This photo and description comes from Our Amazing Planet, for it’s a new species, a “pancake stringray” described as looking like a “pancake with noses”.
The team’s work in the Upper Amazon confirmed the new genus, Heliotrygon, and the two new species, Heliotrygon gomesi and Heliotrygon rosai. Besides their pancake-like appearance, both rays are big, have slits on their bellies and a tiny spine on their tails.
Most of Lovejoy and Carvalho’s specimens came from the Rio Nanay, near Iquitos, Peru. Their discovery brings the total number of neotropical stingray genera — from an area that also includes tropical Mexico, the West Indies and Central America — to four. Before their study, the last new genus of…
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