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.
Standard Common Name
Giant Shovelnose Ray
Common Shovelnosed Ray, Great Northern Shovelnose
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
It grows to at least 2.7 m in length.
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.
Juveniles occur in inshore mangrove and coral reef waters. Adults occur in deeper marine waters to depths of about 100 m.
- 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.
- 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