Giant Guitarshark (Sandshark)

Giant Sand Shark

Rhynchobatus djiddenis

Known locally as guitar sharks or sand sharks, giant guitarfish are actually a species of ray. They look like a hybrid between rays and sharks, with a flattened head and fused pectoral fins off-set by a bulky hind-body complete with dorsal and

tail fins. Giant guitarfish are found exclusively in the Red Sea and the tropical western Indian Ocean. They favour coastal reefs up to 50 metres in depth, and inhabit sandy patches on the sea floor. They are olive green or grey on top, and can grow up to 3.1 metres long. Giant guitarfish are ovoviviparous, which means that they hatch their eggs internally before giving birth to as many as 10 live pups. They live on a diet of crustaceans, squid and small fish, and are classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

Other Sand Shark species on our reef

Greyspot Sand Shark – Acroteriobatus leucospilus

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