Rhinobatos austini

Ebert & Gon, 2017

Classification: Elasmobranchii Rhinopristiformes Rhinobatidae

Reference of the original description
Ebert, D.A. & Gon, O. (2017)
Rhinobatos austini n. sp., a new species of guitarfish (Rhinopristiformes: Rhinobatidae) from the Southwestern Indian Ocean. Zootaxa, 4276(2), 204–214

Rhinobatos austini
Holotype: SAIAB: 75223; Paratype: ISAM: MB F37223; SAIAB: 193574 (formerly ORI 229-7/11); SAIAB: 186420;

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Description :

Citation: Rhinobatos austini Ebert & Gon, 2017: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 05/2024

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Rhinobatos austini Ebert & Gon, 2017, female holotype, 1150 mm TL (SAIAB 75223). Dorsal view © David Ebert, Pacific Shark Research Center
Common names
eng Austin’s Guitarfish

Short Description
Original Diagnosis of EBERT & GON, 2017 [25379]: A Rhinobatos species distinguished by the following combination of characters: dorsal surface without prominent thorns or tubercles, and a distinctive colour pattern of paired spots of differing sizes, some forming darker transverse bands across its back; ventral surface colour mostly white, without distinctive patterning except for a prominent teardrop-shaped black blotch extending posteriorly from rostral tip to about midpoint anterior to upper mouth; 61–63 nasal lamellae; upper jaw tooth count about ca. 83–93; 177–181 post-synarcual centra; 193–198 total vertebral segments; 67–71 total pectoral skeleton radials.

from near Port Shepstone, southern KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa to north of Bazaruto Island, central Mozambique [25379]

Size / Weight / Age
888–1150 mm TL (only female, types) [25379]

marine; depth range: -107 depth [25379]

Teeth arranged in quincunx, small, close-set, rhombic, broad-based with short, bluntly rounded cusp; upper and lower teeth similar in shape and size; tooth counts range from about ca. 83– 93 in upper and lower jaws. [25379]

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