Acroteriobatus leucospilus

(NORMAN, 1926)

Grayspottted guitarfish
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 leucospilus, Rhinobatos (Acroteriobatus) leucospilus, Rhinobatus leucospilus

Acroteriobatus leucospilus

Rhinobatos leucospilus
Syntype: BMNH: 1920.7.23.1; BMNH: 1905.6.8.12;

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Citation: Acroteriobatus leucospilus (NORMAN, 1926): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 05/2020

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Common names
eng Grayspot guitarfish, eng Grayspottted guitarfish, eng Greyspot guitarfish, eng Greyspot sandshark

Short Description
A guitarfish with a broad, wedge-shaped snout and pectoral disc [536]. Brown above, with large blue-grey spots on back and pectoral fins and symmetrical blue-grey bands on snout; few dark brown spots on back; white below [536].

Western Indian Ocean: southern Mozambique to off central Transkei, South Africa (Ref. 5578, 11228). Source:

Human uses
fisheries: subsistence fisheries; gamefish: yes

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]. Bears 2 to 4 young [536].

Size / Weight / Age
120 cm TL (male/unsexed; [536])

demersal; marine; depth range ? - 100 m [536]

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