Eyebrow Wedgefish, Rhynchobatus palpebratus Compagno & Last 2008

Other Names: Eyebrow Wedgefish

Eyebrow Wedgefish, Rhynchobatus palpebratus. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A yellowish-grey wedgefish with large, distinct black ocelli on the pectoral-fin bases and sometimes behind the spiracles. The Eyebrow Wedgefish also has white spots on the pectoral disc and tail, a prominent white anterior margin on the pectoral disc, and black eye-brow like markings on the orbital membrane.

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Eyebrow Wedgefish, Rhynchobatus palpebratus Compagno & Last 2008

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Exmouth, Western Australia, to off Cairns, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical West Pacific.


Snout long, narrowly pointed, not bottle-shaped or broadly wedge-shaped; preoral snout 17–22% of total length. Eyes small, lengths 3.7–4.0 in preorbital snout; interorbital space 2.6–2.8 in preorbital snout. Mouth hardly bowed, with a strong indentation on upper jaw near symphysis and strong protuberance on lower jaw. no spines on dorsal snout. Supraorbital spines very small, spines in mid-dorsal row similarly small; single weak row of small scapular spines on each side. Enlarged dorsal spines light-coloured. Origin of first dorsal fin over origin of pelvic fin; predorsal length 43–48% of total length. Propterygial radials 3–7 + 20–23 = 25–29, mesopterygial radials 3–5 + 5–7 = 9–12, metapterygial radials 24–28, total radials 62–65. Vertebrae: 12–14 synarcual centra, 25–35 monospondylous precaudal centra, 61–72 diplospondylous precaudal vertebrae, 35–44 caudal centra, 130–139 free centra, 144–152 total centra.


Yellowish grey with white spots on pectoral disc and tail; pectoral disc with a prominent white anterior margin; black eye-brow like markings on orbital membrane; large, sharp-edged, black ocelli on pectoral-fin bases and sometimes behind spiracles.

Species Citation

Rhynchobatus palpebratus Compagno & Last 2008, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper No. 022: 230, Figs 1-3. Type locality: north-west of Wessel Islands, Arafura Sea, NT [10°11'S, 137°17'E].


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Eyebrow Wedgefish, Rhynchobatus palpebratus Compagno & Last 2008


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Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Canberra : CSIRO Australia 513 pp. 84 pls. (as Rhynchobatus djiddensis, in part) 

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CAAB Code:37026004

Depth:5-61 m

Max Size:103 cm TL

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