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  Common names: guitarfish (English), guitarra (Espanol)
 
Zapteryx xyster Jordan & Evermann, 1896


Witch guitarfish

Body slender; head and adjoining pectoral fins forming a distinctly triangular structure; head relatively broad, snout short, relatively pointed; with two ridges running forwards from inner edges of eyes; a large spiracle behind each eye; a row of thorny projections along dorsal midline from behind eyes to origin of first dorsal fin; two large, triangular, equal-sized dorsal fins; tail fin asymetrical without distinct lower lobe.

Red-brown, heavily mottled with blackish blotches that tend to form cross bars; two pairs of yellow ocellated spots, one at mid-body, the other at the rear of the pectorals; belly uniform pale.


Size: reaches 91 cm.

Habitat: benthic on soft bottoms, sometimes adjacent to rocky reefs; common in bays.

Depth: 0-25 m.

SE Gulf of California to Peru.   

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