Fiddler Ray / Guitar Shark (Trygonorrhina fasciata)
The Fiddler Ray / Guitar shark (Trygonorrhina fasciata) from the family Rhinobatidae and order Rhinobatiformes is a fantastic species half way between a shark and a ray. They are regularly sighted in Sydney at various sites, particularly in the summer months.
Evolution: The Fiddler Ray and their relatives are thought to be the oldest ray group, which explains why they are somewhere between a shark and a ray. It is understood that rays evolved from sharks and so really the Fiddler Ray is a visual demonstration of that change in biology, The earliest known fossil rays are only 150 million years ago and whilst there are very few well preserved fossils available there are whole bodies of ancient guitarfishes which very closely resemble that of modern day Fiddler Rays.