Animal Species:Southern Fiddler Ray, Trygonorrhina dumerilii (Castelnau, 1873)
The Southern Fiddler Ray is a bottom-dwelling species that can be recognised by its distictive colouration.
Standard Common Name
Southern Fiddler Ray
Banjo Shark, Dumeril's Shovelnose-ray, Fiddler, Fiddler Ray, Green Skate, Magpie Ray, Paritt, Parrit, Southern Fiddler
The species can be distinguished from the Eastern Fiddler Ray by the patterns behind the eyes. The Southern Fiddler Ray has three parallel stripes, whereas the Eastern Fiddler Ray has a trianglar shape between the eyes and a diamond shaped pattern behind each eye.
In the past, the Southern Fiddler Ray was called Trygonorrhina guaneria.
It grows to about 1.5 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.
- 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