home   about   search

biodiversity explorer

the web of life in southern Africa

Rhinoidei (sharkrays)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Chondrichthyes > Elasmobranchii > Batoidei > Rajiformes > Rhinoidei

Inshore rays with large triangular pectoral fins, broad rounded snouts, high bodies with heavy thorns, thick tails, large lunate caudal fins, and 2 large dorsal fins, the first over the pelvic species. A single family and species.

Rhinidae (sharkrays)

Only one species found in southern Africa: Rhina ancylostoma (Bowmouthed guitarfish)

Text by Leonard J.V. Compagno, David A. Ebert and Malcolm J. Smale