Giant Guitarfishes
  • Rhynchobatus
  • Maldivian Name: Mandi Miyaru
  • Habitat: Found most commonly shallow coastal waters but reported as deep as 100 feet; occasionally occurs in estuarine and even freshwater habitats.-
  • Location: warmer waters world-wide

  • Size: range between 3.1 meters

  • Description: Guitarfishes have a body form intermediate between those of sharks and rays. The tail has a typical shark-like form, but in many species the head has a triangular, or guitar-like shape, rather than the disc-shape formed by fusion with the pectoral fin found in other rays.
  • Diet: The giant guitarfish feeds on bivalves, crabs, lobsters, squid and small fish
  • Feeding Habits: Mainly on bottom crustaceans and molluscs.
  • Lifespan: between 12-16 years depending on gender
  • Offspring: 10 pups per litter

  • Status: No Threatened

  • Threatened by: fining, and bycatchAlt img