Raie guitare - Aquarium La Rochelle

Blackchin Guitarfish

Rhinobatos cemiculus
Conservation status :

Endangered species

  • Group
  • Size
    1 metre 50
  • Distribution area

    The blackchin guitarfish frequents the Mediterranean and the eastern shores of the Atlantic, from Portugal down to Angola.

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It inhabits sandy or muddy seabeds at depths of 9 to 100 metres.

Its grainy skin is an even beige, allowing it to blend in with the sand. It feeds on bottom-dwelling fish and invertebrates.


This species is ovoviviparous, meaning it ovulates and the eggs later hatch inside the mother's body. The guitarfish has one or two clutches a year, with four to six embryos each.

« It uses its tail to move around, whilst other rays use their pectoral fins. It is nicknamed the 'shark ray' for its seeming mixture of a ray (in front) and a shark (at the back). »

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