The Eastern Fiddler ray (Trygonorrhina fasciata) is a light brown colour with a pattern of lilac bands with dark brown margins. These bands form a dark triangle behind their eyes, a stark contrast to their pale snout and snowy tummy. Their dorsal and caudal fins are also pale in colour. Near their eyes are spiracles with a single skin fold, and their nostrils connect to their mouth by a groove, giving a cute “Smile!” look.
They can reach up to 120 cm, which is impressive given that they are born at less than 25 cm long! These rays can be seen in eastern Australia up to 100 m deep and are fairly common in their range. Eastern Fiddler rays are active scavengers, foraging the substrate for cephalopods, teleost fish, and crustaceans. They often enter fish traps to collect already-trapped prey.
Eastern Fiddler rays can give birth to 2-3 pups, and the IUCN has listed them as Least Concern (LC).
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