Animal Species:Giant Shovelnose Ray, Glaucostegus typus (Bennett, 1830)

The Giant Shovelnose Ray grows to 2.7 m in length and occurs in the Indo-Pacific region.

Giant Shovelnose Ray, Glaucostegus typus

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Standard Common Name

Giant Shovelnose Ray

Alternative Name/s

Common Shovelnosed Ray, Great Northern Shovelnose

Identification

The species has a triangular snout, two large dorsal fins and a caudal fin that lacks a lower lobe.  There are thorns and denticles along the dorsal midline

Size range

It grows to at least 2.7 m in length.

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.

Glaucostegus typus

Habitat

Juveniles occur in inshore mangrove and coral reef waters.  Adults occur in deeper marine waters to depths of about 100 m.

Classification

Species:
typus
Genus:
Glaucostegus
Family:
Rhinobatidae
Order:
Rhinobatiformes
Class:
Chondrichthyes
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

Further Reading

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. 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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