Giant Shovelnose Ray (Glaucostegus typus)

Also known as Australian Guitarfish, Bennet's Shovelnose Guitarfish, Brown Shovelnose Ray, Common Shovelnose Ray, Giant Guitarfish, Shovelnose Ray, Shovelnose Shark, Wedgefishes

Description

Also known as Australian Guitarfish, Bennet's Shovelnose Guitarfish, Brown Shovelnose Ray, Common Shovelnose Ray, Giant Guitarfish, Shovelnose Ray, Shovelnose Shark, Wedgefish.

Found singly resting on mud and sand areas close to shorelines and off-shore on the continental shelf.
They feed on crustaceans.
Juveniles found over inshore sand flats, mangroves and around atolls.
Length - 270cm
Depth - 0-100m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Guitarfish catch their prey by using a suction method called "jumping jacks" when jumping out of the water. Ref: http://www.fishbase.se/summary/Glaucostegus-typus.html

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