Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes
(Skates and rays) > Rhinobatidae
(Guitarfishes) > Rhinobatinae
Etymology: Rhinobatos: Greek, rhinos = nose + Greek, batis, -idos = a ray (Raja sp.) (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; brackish; demersal; depth range 9 - 100 m. Subtropical; 42°N - 17°S, 19°W - 36°E
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 242 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637); common length : 150 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3710); max. published weight: 49.9 kg (Ref. 40637)
soft rays: 0. Rostral ridges narrowly separated, nearly joining in front; anterior nasal lobe extending little if any, posterior nasal flap narrow; spiracle with two well-developed folds of about same size; thorns present around inner margin of orbits, between spiracles, on shoulders and along midline of disc and tail; upper surface brown, underside white, but usually a blackish blotch on snout mainly in juveniles (Ref. 6675).