Blackchin guitarfish

The blackchin guitarfish (Glaucostegus cemiculus) is a cartilaginous animal which takes its name from the characteristic shape of its body, very similar to the stringed instrument.

Where to find them?

This species lives in the Oceans tank of Oceanogràfic.

General aspects

Its head is very sunken with a pointed snout and fusiform body, generally with a dark mark on the lower section of the snout. Its spiracles are large and located immediately behind the ears. Its back is brown, and its belly is lighter. They reach 2.6 metres in length.

Which region do they inhabit?

The blackchin guitarfish usually remains buried in the sandy and muddy bottoms up to depths of 100 metres, distributed in the tropical and temperate seas of the planet.

What do they feed on?

They feed on small crustaceans and molluscs that they find on the seabed.

How do they reproduce?

It is a solitary fish that only gathers to reproduce. It is ovoviviparous and the female gives birth to 5 to 25 pups, approximately 15cm long.