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Dasyatis brevicaudata 4x3.jpg
Short-tail stingray, Dasyatis brevicaudata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Superorder: Batoidea
Order: Myliobatiformes
Compagno, 1973

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Myliobatiformes is one of the four orders of batoids, cartilaginous fishes related to sharks.[1][2] They were formerly included in the order Rajiformes, but more recent phylogenetic studies have shown the myliobatiforms to be a monophyletic group, and its more derived members evolved their highly flattened shapes independently of the skates.[3][4]


Nelson's 2006 Fishes of the World arranges the Myliobatiformes as:


  1. ^ Froese, R.; Pauly, D. "Myliobatiformes". WoRMS. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Order Summary for Myliobatiformes". FishBase. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  3. ^ Nelson, J.S. (2006). Fishes of the World (fourth ed.). John Wiley. pp. 69–82. ISBN 0-471-25031-7.
  4. ^ Martin, R. Aidan. "Myliobatiformes: Stingrays". ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research. Retrieved 4 May 2018.