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Species: Pseudobatos lentiginosus, Atlantic Guitarfish

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snout tip expanded, with cónical tubercles
many small white spots
nostril length 1.4x distance between nostrils & 75% mouth width

Pseudobatos lentiginosus Garman, 1880

Atlantic Guitarfish

Body and tail shark-like; snout long, pointed, with 2 central cartilaginous ridges, producing an elongate triangular disc; disc longer than wide; snout tip expanded and flattened, with a few large conical tubercles (except in juveniles); a large spiracle immediately behind each eye; gill openings on underside; nostrils large, their length 1.4 X distance between them and ~3/4 width of mouth; 2 equal-sized dorsal fins, the first behind the pelvics; one row of thorns along back; well developed tail fin that lacks a lower lob

Upper surface ash grey to chocolate brown; numerous small white spots over most of the upper surface (sometimes lacking) lower surface pale yellowish.

Reaches 76 cm.

Lives in sandy areas, beaches and estuaries.

Depth: 0-30 m.

North Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
  • Beach
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Near threatened
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 76
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 30