The Fins United Initiative is excited to bring back the loved "Underrated Elasmobranch Spotlight" series through TFUI officer Jess Myers. Learn about the Chondrichthyans not shown on the big screen through her beautiful artwork!
So far this week, we’ve seen stingrays and sharks, but what about something that looks as if both of those animals were combined? Meet the common guitarfish (Rhinobatus rhinobatus). Guitarfish, named for their interesting shape, are bottom-dwelling fish in the family Rhinobatidae.
Our spotlight fish lives in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, can get to a max length of about 150cm but usually only grows to 80cm in length. These fish are commonly caught as bycatch due to their life on the seafloor, leaving them endangered on the IUCN Red List.
WHAT UNDERRATED CHONDRICHTHYAN DO YOU THINK SHARK WEEK SHOULD SHOWCASE?
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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