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 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.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Aptychotrema-rostrata.html. Accessed 30/09/2018.