The smoothnose wedgefish (Rhynchobatus laevis) is our next star for #WedgefishWednesday! A grey-brown colour, the smoothnose wedgefish sports white spots on their sides and has a dark spot on each pectoral fin that is surrounded by more white spots. #Finfact: Although the smoothnose wedgefish sounds a lot like the eyebrow wedgefish (R. palpebratus), the two have different ranges that don’t overlap! They are often confused with other relatives and are therefore poorly known.
I’ve got two let downs for you today, reader. Number one: if you thought the pink whipray would be a brilliant pink colour, I’m sorry but it isn’t. It’s more of a brown colour with a pink twinge to it. Number two: If you know the pink whipray scientifically as “Himanua fai ” it is no longer that. There was a change in genus name from Himatura to Pateobatis, so it is now known as the pink whipray (Pateobatis fai).
Hello again, #StingareeSunday! TFUI is proud to introduce readers to the Eastern shovelnose stingaree (Trygonoptera imitata), a currently undescribed species that is endemic to south-eastern Australia. Compared to the yellow shovelnose stingaree (T. galba), this is a rather plain-looking animal with grey-brown or yellow colouration on top and a pale underbelly. The dorsal side may sometimes be scattered with spots of varying shades of brown while the underside has a dark margin. They have a long fin on their tail (which is dark in colour) but no dorsal fin. #Finfact: the eastern shovelnose stingaree also has TWO venomous spines.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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