Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

CAAB: 37026003

Species Rhynchobatus laevis (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Giant Guitarfish, Sandshark, Shovelnose Shark, Smoothnose Wedgefish

Miscellaneous Literature Names




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Fremantle, WA to Brunswich Heads, NSW; tropical, Indo-west Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Ecological Descriptors

Benthic, continental shelf, inshore marine, intertidal, marine, sand bottom marine, soft bottom.

Extra Ecological Information

To 60 m


Common Name References

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Australia 2, 550 pp. [303] (Giant Guitarfish, Sandshark, Shovelnose Shark, Smoothnose Wedgefish)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
16-Apr-2012 16-Apr-2012 MODIFIED
10-Mar-2010 ADDED