Animal Species:Eastern Fiddler Ray, Trygonorrhina fasciata Müller & Henle, 1841
The Eastern Fiddler Ray can be recognised by the triangular pattern behind the eyes. It has a slender tail and two prominent triangular dorsal fins. The species grows to 1.2 m in length.
Standard Common Name
Eastern Fiddler Ray
Banjo Shark, Fiddler Ray
The Eastern Fiddler Ray can be recognised by the triangular pattern behind the eyes. It has a slender tail and two prominent triangular dorsal fins.
Three species of Fiddler Rays are currently recognised from Australia. The Southern Fiddler Ray, Trygonorrhina dumerillii, occurs in southern Australian waters from Victoria to south-western Western Australia. The Magpie Fiddler Ray, Trygonorrhina melaleuca, is only known from South Australia.
The species grows to 1.2 m in length.
The Eastern Fiddler Ray occurs from southern Queensland to southern New South Wales.
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.
It lives coastally in shallow sandy bays and rocky reefs down to depths of about 120 m. The species is commonly seen by divers in New South Wales waters.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Crawford House Press. Pp. 437.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia. CSIRO. Pp. 513, Pl. 1-84.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Eastern Fiddler Ray, Trygonorrhina fasciata, Rhinobatidae, ray, triangular pattern behind eye, triangular pattern, slender tail, triangular dorsal fins, > 1m, Banjo Shark, Fiddler Ray, marine, adult, brown, white,