Dancing Baby Stingrays, Too Cute Not To Post

I just had to post this. These guys are too cute for words. Anyone know what the “feet” really are and why stingrays have ’em? I don’t.

Enjoy.

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3 Responses to Dancing Baby Stingrays, Too Cute Not To Post

  1. Rodnikov Magilovich says:

    My guess is that these appendages are vestigial legs that are absorbed back into their bodies during the maturation process.

  2. Interesting guess Rodnikov. However, these are animals that neither evolved from land mammals as cetaceans did nor are closely related land animals as lobe finned fish are. So, I’m having a bit of a hard time imagining when in the evolutionary history of skates and rays legs might have helped. Still, I don’t have a better hypothesis.

    (google break)

    I’m going with them either being pelvic fins or possibly claspers.

  3. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    “Just Looking” at the diagram, those vestigial legs appear to be “anterior pelvic lobes” to me. The pelvic fins and claspers are lower in the body and more “in line” with the spine.

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