New GuitarFish Discovered?

Scientists Peter R. Last, Bernard Séret and Gavin J.P. Naylor are proposing a revised classification of the guitarfish based on materials collected from the South China Seas.

Taxonomy and classification is how we understand different animals that are closely related and taxonomy is the science of defining groups of biological organisms (animals) on the basis of shared characteristics and giving names to those groups.

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This is NOT a Guitarfish

Guitarfish have a body shape that is half shark – half ray and is closely related to both. Because of their flat shape, Guitarfish are bottom feeders, which bury themselves in mud or sand and eat things such as worms, crabs, and clams. Most can tolerate saltwater, freshwater, and brackish water. They generally live close to the beach/coastline or in estuaries as far underwater as 30 meters.

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A Guitarfish swims along the bottom whislt other fish swim above it

 

 

 

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