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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Marine Habitats
Conservation status
IUCNLeast Concern

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Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness - Sightings
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Species Lists

RLS profile v3
Abundance: 1.418
Behaviour: fiddler rays frequently forage over shallow sandflats
Common_Name: Fiddler ray;Banjo ray
Depth: 0–50 m
Distribution: Eden, NSW, to southern Qld.
Frequency: 1.673
Habitat: Sheltered and moderately exposed sand, seagrass, reef
IUCN_Threat_status: Least Concern
Invasive: Not known to be invasive
Max_size: 1.2 m
Range: 288.704
Synonyms: Trygonorrhina sp. A [in Last & Stevens, 1994]
Threats: Recreational and commercial fishing bycatch
similar_species: Two species of fiddler ray occur in temperate Australian waters: Trygonorrhina fasciata, confined to NSW and southern Qld waters; and Trygonorrhina guanerius, found west of eastern Bass Strait. Until recently, these two species were considered regional forms of the one species. They are mainly distinguished on the basis of the ornate dorsal markings, with T. fasciata possessing a triangle and T.guanerius three short longitudinal stripes immediately behind the eyes
Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: Pale brown with dark brown markings, diamond shape body, two dorsal fins on tail.
Description : Head and body flattened in front, with a curved diamond outline, and a shark-like behind, with two prominent dorsal fins of similar size and a distinct tail fin. Brown back with contrasting ornate lines and blotches centrally. Usually 80 cm long head to tail tip (up to 120 cm).
Biology : Intermediate in appearance between sharks and rays, these are primitive rays as their gill slits are positioned on the underside of their disk-like head. Their tropical relatives are even more shark-like in having better defined pectoral fins.
Habitat: Sandy bottoms, often near inshore reefs.
Native status: Native to Australia
Diet: Carnivore
Dangerous: Venomous spines.
Distribution: Southern Australia.
Habitat types: Marine
Depth: Deep (>30m)
Water column: On or near seafloor
Commercial species: False
Author credit: Dianne J. Bray, Dr Martin F. Gomon / Museum Victoria

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Trygonorrhina fasciata


Synonyms Source
Trygonorhina fasciata Müller & Henle, 1841
Trygonorhina fasciata Müller & Henle, 1841
Published in: Munro, I.S.R. 1961. Handbook of Australian fishes. Nos 1–42. Aust. Fish. Newsl. Vol. 15–17, 19, 20 pp. 1-172
Trygonorrhina spec.
Published in: Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia Canberra : CSIRO Australia pp. 513 pp. 84 pls
Trygonorrhina spec.

Common Names

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Eastern Fiddler Ray
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Fiddler Ray
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Green Skate
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Magpie Fiddler Ray
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Southern Fiddler
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Southern Fiddler Ray
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Dumeril's Shovelnose Ray
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Magpie Ray
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Banjo Shark
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Working classification

Trygonorrhina fasciata  Recorded in Australia

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