Rhinobatos ocellatus (Speckled guitarfish)

Norman, 1926

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Rhinobatos ocellatus (Speckled guitarfish) [Illustration by Ann Hecht ]


A flattened guitarfish with a narrow wedge-shaped snout and pectoral disk, upper surface brown with numerous small blue-grey eye-spots ringed with dark brown.


To 80 cm.


East coast, off Bird Island in Algoa Bay. Endemic.



Offshore at about 60 m.


Unknown. Rare, only three specimens known, more wanted.

Human Impact

Probably caught by trawlers.

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

  Iziko Museums of Cape Town, 2008

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