5 Interesting Facts About Bowmouth Guitarfish

Bowmouth guitarfish

Here is a bowmouth guitarfish showing off its strange body

Today I want to write about an amazing species of fish, the bowmouth guitarfish.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These strange looking rays grow up to 2.7 metres long.
  2. Bowmouth guitarfish use their wide heads to trap and catch crustaceans, fish and molluscs on the bottom of the sea.  Their flat teeth help them to crush prey with hard shells.
  3. They have rows of hard, spiky ridges that protect them from potential predators such as tiger sharks.
  4. They give birth to about 2-11 live pups.  The pups are about 50 cm long at birth.
  5. Bowmouth guitarfish are found in shallow waters from the east coast of Africa through to Australia and Japan.  They are considered vulnerable to extinction due to overfishing.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about bowmouth guitarfish?

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