Happy #WedgefishWednesday TFUI fans! We're excited to introduce you to a species of fish in the Rhinidae family - the eyebrow wedgefish (Rhynchobatus palpebratus). They can get up to 2.62 m (8.6ft) in length and are similar to the smoothnose wedgefish (Rhynchobatus laevis). How to tell them apart? R. laevis has more white spots and has a different distribution.
Like other wedgefish, they are a yellow-grey color and have white spots covering their body (including their tail)! They have a black ocelli on the base of each pectoral fin and sometimes have one behind their spiracles. Their pectoral fins also have a white margin- kind of like a bright white outline. #Finfact: Their eyes also have dark markings that resemble eyebrows near them... hence the common name. If you didn't see a picture of this wedgefish, the way I'm describing them is too funny.
With a long, pointy snout and a straight mouth, they tend to look quite serious. Especially when they look at your with their small eyes. It may be telling you that it has large dorsal spines, so watch out! Found in the tropical waters of the West Pacific, they can be observed in their depth range of 5 - 61 m (16-200 ft) deep. We could not find information on what the eyebrow wedgefish eats, or how IUCN classifies them.
ever seen these critters before?
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