Animal Species:Giant Guitarfish, Rhynchobatus laevis (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

The fish in the video below is most likely a Giant Guitarfish. They are sometimes very difficult to identify underwater. Thank you to Dr Peter Last for his identification.

Standard Common Name

Giant Guitarfish

Alternative Name/s

Sandshark, Shovelnose Shark, Smoothnose Wedgefish

Distribution

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Rhynchobatus laevis

Classification

Species:
laevis
Genus:
Rhynchobatus
Family:
Rhynchobatidae
Order:
Rhinobatiformes
Class:
Chondrichthyes
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Edition 2. CSIRO. Pp. 644, Pl. 1-91.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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