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Rare 'hybrid' manta ray discovered by UWindsor scientists

Nigel Hussey and Steve KesselNigel Hussey and Steve Kessel tag a manta ray in the Red Sea off the coast of Sudan.

A rare type of hybrid manta ray has been discovered in the Red Sea thanks to the work of a trio of University of Windsor scientists and their research partners in Sudan.

The ray, a cross between a Reef Manta Ray (Manta alfredi) and a Giant Manta Ray (Manta birostris), is only the second documented case of hybridization in elasmobranchs, the subclass of fish that includes sharks and rays, according to the group.