DNA barcoding supports the presence of the cryptic ocellated eagle ray, Aetobatus ocellatus (Myliobatidae), in French Polynesia, South Pacific
The Aetobatus species present in French Polynesian Islands is identified as A. ocellatus, the ocellated eagle ray. This finding is based on DNA barcoding and supports the recent splitting of Aetobatus narinari, the spotted eagle ray, into two distinct species. Ray samples were collected from the Tuamotu and the Society archipelagos in 2012. All samples have a similar haplotype, suggesting they are conspecific and are also genetically close to specimens collected from Australia and New Caledonia.