The common guitarfish Rhinobatos rhinobatos: A descriptive anatomical study and proposed dissection techniques

Taskin M., Ajmi N., Bagci K., Yurddas E., SÜZER B., ALTUN S., ...More

ANATOMIA HISTOLOGIA EMBRYOLOGIA, vol.51, no.6, pp.818-822, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/ahe.12860
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.818-822
  • Keywords: anatomy, dissection techniques, endangered species, Rhinobatidae, PUBLIC AQUARIUMS
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


The common guitarfish (Rhinobatos rhinobatos) is an endangered species and included in the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature as "critically endangered, cr." Although guitarfish are displayed and protected in public aquaria, only limited information is available on the external and internal anatomy of this species and dissection methods applicable to it. In this study, common guitarfish kept in a public aquarium were dissected with an appropriate method and the internal and external organs of the fish were identified. The general examination of the external organs showed that the animals had the typical anatomical structure of guitarfish. The internal organs, including the stomach, intestines, spleen, liver, gall bladder, epigonal organ, testicles, brain, cerebellum, optic lobes and heart were also observed.