The giant shovelnose ray (Glaucostegus typus) is a medium-sized grey/yellow brown shovelnose ray with short snout. It has small thorns and enlarged denticles along middle of body. Its ventral side is pale, and its snout is sometimes pale grey in colour.
Born at a measly 38 to 40cm, the adults can reach lengths of up to 270 cm. The adults mature at around 150-180 cm, and are viviparous with unknown litter sizes. The giant shovelnose rays are widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific from India to eastern Australia. Here, they enjoy a healthy appetite of prawns, crabs, small fishes, and cephalopods. They are currently listed as Vulnerable (VU).
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