Acroteriobatus ocellatus

(NORMAN, 1926)



Classification: Elasmobranchii Rhinopristiformes Rhinobatidae

Reference of the original description
NORMAN, J.R. (1926)
A synopsis of the rays of the family Rhinobatidae, with a revision of the genus Rhinobatus. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 96 (4): 941–982

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Rhinobatos ocellatus, Rhinobatos (Acroteriobatus) ocellatus, Rhinobatus ocellatus

Types
Acroteriobatus ocellatus

Rhinobatos ocellatus
Holotype: BMNH: 1906.11.19.26


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Citation: Acroteriobatus ocellatus (NORMAN, 1926): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2017

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Common names
eng Speckled guitarfish

Short Description
A guitarfish with a narrow, wedge-shaped snout and pectoral disc [536]. Dorsal surface brown, with numerous blue-grey ocelli ringed with dark brown on the disc, head, fins, and tail (Ref. 3919).

Distribution
Western Indian Ocean: southern Mozambique to the western Cape, South Africa.

Biology
Exhibit ovoviparity (aplacental viviparity), with embryos feeding initially on yolk, then receiving additional nourishment from the mother by indirect absorption of uterine fluid enriched with mucus, fat or protein through specialised structures [733].

Size / Weight / Age
81.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 3919))

Habitat
demersal; marine; depth range 60 - 185 m [20053]