The golden eye shovelnose ray (Rhinobatos sainsburyi) may be one of my favourite common names of all time. Like, doesn’t the name “golden eye” just sound… so cool? (Or maybe I’m just riding a Thor movie high right now.)
They are a small, yellowish shovelnose ray with faint golden blotches on its dorsal side. They can sometimes be more of a brown colour than yellow, so something to keep an eye out for. Speaking of eyes, yes, they do have a golden-coloured eye. The golden eye shovelnose ray has a pale snout and is usually a white colour underneath.
They can get up to 60 cm in length, with males maturing around 40-45 cm. Female maturity is unknown. Commonly seen on the continental shelf off northwestern Australia from Western Australia to the Northern Territory, their diet and information regarding reproduction is unknown. The IUCN has currently assessed them as Least Concern (LC).
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