PHOTOS: 100+ New Sharks, Rays Named in Australia

PHOTOS: 100+ New Sharks, Rays Named in Australia
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The large freshwater whip ray was, until recently, thought to belong to known species of marine rays that inhabit northern Australia's tropical waters.

But the ray is now known to be its own species, thanks to an international project that has discovered more than a hundred species of Australian sharks and rays from an array of museum specimens.

The ray, which can reach lengths of 2 meters (6.6 feet), is one of the largest freshwater animals in Australia.
—Photograph courtesy CSIRO
 
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