Aptychotrema rostrata (Shaw, 1794)

Aptychotrema rostrata
Aptychotrema rostrata
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 31 January 2004
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
23m
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 60m.

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 13cm long at birth. Grows to 1.2m.