Distribution patterns of ocellated eagle rays, Aetobatus ocellatus, along two sites in Moorea Island, French Polynesia

Cécile Berthe, Viliame Pita Waqalevu, Lise Latry, Marc Besson, Franck Lerouvreur, Gilles Siu, Gaël Lecellier, Jodie L. Rummer, Frédéric Bertucci, Samuel Iglésias & David Lecchini
Elasmobranchs are critical to tourism industries worldwide. In French Polynesia, where ecotourism is the second most important industry, little is known about the spatiotemporal distribution of eagle rays. This study represents the first investigation into habitat use and behaviour of ocellated eagle rays (Aetobatus ocellatus) in French Polynesia focused on two sites with different levels of anthropogenic noise. Environmental variables and biological data were recorded over a one-year period to explore the distribution patterns of...
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