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| Common names: guitarfish (English), guitarra (Espanol) |
Zapteryx exasperata (Jordan & Gilbert, 1880)
Body slender; head and adjoining pectoral fins forming a distinctly broad triangular structure; head relatively broad, snout short, relatively blunt, 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.
Brown with irregular blotching and dark cross bars; belly with blotches and spots .
Size: reaches 97 cm.
Habitat: benthic on soft bottoms, sometimes adjacent to rocky reefs; common in bays.
Depth: 0-200 m.
Southern California to the Gulf of California.