zanzibar guitarfish

Scientific name Acroteriobatus zanzibarensis
Descriptor Norman
Year of description 1926
IUCN category NT
Family Rhinobatidae
Genus Acroteriobatus
Acroteriobatus zanzibarensis Acroteriobatus zanzibarensis


Acroteriobatus zanzibarensis, commonly known as zanzibar guitarfish, is a salt water fish from the western Indian Ocean.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    75 cm
  • Maximum size
    100 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    75 cm
  • Maximum size
    100 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern

How to recognize the zanzibar guitarfish ?

The zanzibar guitarfish measures between 75 and 100 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly bleu, marron and gris body. The also has marron ponctuations.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The zanzibar guitarfish is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. However, the zanzibar guitarfish has little concern for non-territorial animals.


  • Reproduction

The zanzibar guitarfish is a fish ovovivipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 100 m

Biotope presentation

The zanzibar guitarfish is most often found at a depth between 0m and 100m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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