Zanobatus maculatus

Séret, 2016

Classification: Elasmobranchii Rhinopristiformes Zanobatidae

Reference of the original description
Séret, B. (2016)
Zanobatus maculatus, a new species of panray from the Gulf of Guinea, eastern central Atlantic (Elasmobranchii: Batoidea: Zanobatidae). Zootaxa, 4161(4), 509–522

Images of types

Description :

Citation: Zanobatus maculatus Séret, 2016: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2022

Please send your images of "Zanobatus maculatus" to

Zanobatus maculatus Séret, 2016, holotype, MNHN 1990-467, male 302 mm TL, dorsal view © Bernhard Serét, France
Common names
fra \(T\) Raie maculée, eng Maculate Panray

Short Description
Original diagnosis after SERÉT, 2016 [24416]: The new species is distinguished from its unique congener Zanobatus schoenleinii by the following set of characters: dorsal surface of disc brownish to reddish brown, with numerous dark brown blotches, sometimes surrounded by a network of whitish dots; ventral surface of disc pale creamy white or orange-brown, with conspicuous dark brown posterolateral margins; crown of dermal denticles of dorsal surface spearhead-shaped; enlarged thorny denticles of the dorsal surface more numerous and stronger, in parallel rows on trunk and in concentric semi-circular rows on pectoral fins; 54–64 tooth rows in upper jaw; 36–44 (mode 39) predorsal vertebrae; maximum size 359 mm TL.

Gulf of Guinea, from Ivory Coast to Gabon, with two records from Angola [24416]

Size / Weight / Age
TL (max): female, 358 mm TL; the holotype is an adult male of 302 mm TL [24416]

demersal; marine; depth range –30 m[24416]

Teeth small, in quincunx, forming a pavement of 54–64 rows (mean 59, n=11) in the upper jaw; teeth similar on both jaws; crown diamond-shaped with rounded margins and blunt cusps; cusps slightly more acute in mature males. [24416]

shark-references Species-ID=14694;