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Temporal range: 125–0Ma
Aptian to Present[1]
Rhinobatos rhinobatos.jpg
Rhinobatos rhinobatos
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Rajiformes
Family: Rhinobatidae
Genus: Rhinobatos
H. F. Linck, 1790
Rhinobatos hakelensis fossil

Rhinobatos is a genus of fish in the Rhinobatidae family.

Guitarfish catch their prey using a suction technique. The relative sequence of muscle activity is shared across the Rhinobatos genus, but varies in timing and duration of muscular activation.[2]


The 36 currently recognized species in this genus are:[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera (Chondrichthyes entry)". Bulletins of American Paleontology 364: p.560. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  2. ^ Wilga CD, Motta PJ. Feeding mechanism of the Atlantic guitarfish Rhinobatos lentiginosus: Modulation of kinematic and motor activity. Journal of Experimental Biology Volume 201, Issue 23 pp 3167-3184
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Rhinobatos in FishBase. December 2012 version.
  4. ^ a b Last, White & Fahmi 2006 (2006). "Rhinobatos jimbaranensis and R. penggali, two new shovelnose rays (Batoidea: Rhinobatidae) from eastern Indonesia.". Cybium 30 (3): 262ff. 
  5. ^ Peter R. Last, Leonard J.V. Compagno and Kazuhiro Nakaya (2004). "Rhinobatos nudidorsalis, a new species of shovelnose ray (Batoidea: Rhinobatidae) from the Mascarene Ridge, central Indian Ocean". Ichthyological Research 51 (2): 153–158. doi:10.1007/s10228-004-0211-0.