Common name: Guitarfishes
Shark-like rays with somewhat flattened disc-like or diamond-shaped bodies, relatively small pectoral fins fused to the disc and a long rather flattened tail. Guitarfishes mostly inhabit warm shallow coastal waters.
Shovelnose ray populations are declining in heavily fished areas, likely driven by high demand for their fins in Asian markets, raising concerns about their risk of over-exploitation and extinction (D'Alberto et al., 2019).
Author: Bray, D.J. 2019

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Guitarfishes, RHINOPRISTIFORMES in Fishes of Australia, accessed 18 Apr 2021,

Order References

D’Alberto, B.M., Carlson, J.K., Pardo, S.A. & Simpfendorfer, C.A. 2019. Population productivity of shovelnose rays: Inferring the potential for recovery. PLoS ONE 14(11): e0225183. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0225183, open access

Last, P.R., Séret, B. & Naylor, G.J.P. 2016. A new species of guitarfish, Rhinobatos borneensis sp. nov. with a redefinition of the family-level classification in the order Rhinopristiformes (Chondrichthyes: Batoidea). Zootaxa 4117(4): 451-475 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4117.4.1 Abstract

Last, P.R., White, W.T., Carvalho, M.R. de, Séret, B., Stehmann, M.F.W. & Naylor, G.J.P. (eds.) 2016. Rays of the World. Clayton South, Victoria : CSIRO Publishing 790 pp.

Moore, A.B.M. 2017. Are guitarfishes the next sawfishes? Extinction risk and an urgent call for conservation action. Endangered Species Research 34: 75–88 https://doi.org/O/esr00830 PDF available, open access