Acroteriobatus leucospilus (Norman, 1926)
Grayspottted guitarfish
Acroteriobatus leucospilus
photo by Henlé, C.

Family:  Rhinobatidae (Guitarfishes)
Max. size:  120 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range - 100 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: southern Mozambique to off central Transkei, South Africa (Ref. 5578, 11228).
Diagnosis:  A guitarfish with a broad, wedge-shaped snout and pectoral disc (Ref. 5578). Brown above, with large blue-grey spots on back and pectoral fins and symmetrical blue-grey bands on snout; few dark brown spots on back; white below (Ref. 5578).
Biology:  Found inshore from the surf line to a depth of 100 m (Ref. 5578, 11228). Common length 92-96 cm TL; males and females mature at about 56 cm TL and birth size ca. 25 cm TL (Ref. 114953). Feeds on bivalves, gastropods, shrimps, crabs and small bony fishes (Ref. 5578). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449). Flesh esteemed (Ref. 3919).
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN); Date assessed: 25 April 2018 (A2d) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 02.06.92
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 08.08.19
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 27.01.94

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