Size50 inches (126 cm)
DietCrustaceans, fish and selected bottom-dwelling invertebrates
RangeEastern Indian Ocean primarily in Southern to Western Australia from Victoria to Tasmania
HabitatCoastal waters with sandy bottoms and seagrass areas and often is encountered near rocky reefs
- Back is yellow to brown in color with a distinctive pattern of broad white stripes bordered with black to brown edges.
- From the same family as guitarfish, sharing similar body shape and rounded snout.
- Can reach approximately 50 inches (126 cm) in total length and 15 lbs. (6.7 kg).
- Dermal denticles, or small tooth-like projections, grow along midline of its body.
- Does not have a spine in its tail.
Members of the Eastern fiddler ray family have been found in the fossil record dating back to the Jurassic period.
- Diet consists of crustaceans, fish and selected bottom-dwelling invertebrates.
- Occurs in the Eastern Indian Ocean primarily in Southern to Western Australia from Victoria to Tasmania.
- Found in coastal waters with sandy bottoms and seagrass areas and often is encountered near rocky reefs. Depth range extends from the intertidal zone to about 590 feet (180 meters).
- Ovoviviparous with birth occurring in April and May.
- Each egg capsule within the uterus may contain up to three embryos.
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
- Meat is good to eat, but only small quantities appear in fish markets.
- Common by-catch in local trawl fisheries.
- Mode in which this species swims is called “rajiform,” meaning locomotion comes from undulating its pectoral fins.
- Members of this family have been found in the fossil record dating back to the Jurassic period.
- Sharks & Rays, Elasmobranch Guide of the World. Hennemann, R. M., pg. 219