Species Index

Aptychotrema rostrata
(Shaw, 1794)

Common Name: Eastern Shovelnose Ray

Distribution: Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Endemic to Australia, distributed along eastern Australia from Central Queensland to southern New South Wales.

Ecological Notes: Frequents sandy areas off beaches and estuaries to depths of 60 m.

Additional Notes: This species is recognised by the sandy colouration with darker blotches and its long triangular snout. It preys on crustaceans, molluscs and small fishes. Ovoviviparous with up to 4 in a litter, around 13 cm long at birth. Grows to 1.2 m.

References: R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p.27.

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