The Bottlenose wedgefish has a distinctive shape that resembles a cross between a shark and a ray. However, it is actually a member of the ray family. The front of its body is flattened and wide, with a bottle shaped snout and flattened pectoral fins. The rest of its body and the large dorsal fins create a shark-like appearance. Adult can reach a length of approximately 10 feet (3 m) in length. Juvenile coloration is grayish-brown with white spots and a black spot on the pectoral fin. There are three white spots above each black spot. Adults are considerably darker in color, appearing almost black from above with white spots and a black spot on the pectoral fin. There are three white spots above each black spot. These markings can be difficult to see in Ocean Voyager.
  • Size

    10 feet (3.1 m) and 500 lbs. (227 kg)
  • Diet

    Feeds primarily on benthic crustaceans, mollusks and bottom-dwelling fish
  • Range

    In the subtropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific (including the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf) from the East African coast to Taiwan, the Philippines and south to Australia
  • Habitat

    Usually is encountered at depths from 0 feet to 197 feet (0-60 m) on soft bottoms close to shore or coral reefs

Physical Characteristics

Size

  • Can reach 10 feet (3.1 m) in length and 500 lbs. (227 kg).
  • The largest female on exhibit is roughly 7.9 feet (240cm) in length.

Body Composition

  • Bottlenose wedgefish has a distinctive shape that resembles a cross between a shark and a ray. However, it is actually a member of the ray family.
  • The front of its body is flattened and wide, with a bottle shaped snout and flattened pectoral fins. The rest of its body and the large dorsal fins create a shark-like appearance.

Color

  • Juvenile coloration is grayish-brown with white spots and a black spot on the pectoral fin. There are three white spots above each black spot.
  • Adults are considerably darker in color, appearing almost black from above with white spots and a black spot on the pectoral fin. There are three white spots above each black spot. These markings can be difficult to see in Ocean Voyager.

 

Animal Fact

Bottlenose wedgefish has a distinctive shape that resembles a cross between a shark and a ray. However, it is actually a member of the ray family

Diet / Feeding

  • Feeds primarily on benthic crustaceans, mollusks and bottom-dwelling fish

 

Range / Habitat

Range

  • Bottlenose wedgefish occurs in the subtropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific (including the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf) from the East African coast to Taiwan, the Philippines and south to Australia

Habitat

  • Usually is encountered at depths from 0 feet to 197 feet (0-60 m) on soft bottoms close to shore or coral reefs

Reproduction & Growth

  • This wedgefish is ovoviviparous, meaning it produces eggs that hatch within the mother’s body and the young are born live

Conservation Status

  • “Critically Endangered” on the IUCN Red List

Additional Information

  • Commonly caught by gillnet, trawl and longline fisheries
  • This species is unfortunately an occasional victim of the shark fin trade

Sources

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