Movie: Giant Shovelnose Ray in an aquarium

A Giant Shovelnose Ray, Glaucostegus typus, at Sydney Aquarium.

© Sydney Aquarium
Krystof Tichy


The species can be recognised by its large size (up to 2.7 m), long snout, rounded pectoral fin tips and denticles along the dorsal midline.

It occurs widely in the Indo-Pacific.  In Australia it is known from tropical and warm temperate waters.


  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.


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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Giant Shovelnose Ray, Rhinobatida, Rhinobatidae, Glaucostegus typus, tropical water, temperate water, > 2m, ray, long snout, rounded pectoral fin tips, denticles,