Southern Fiddler Ray

fiddler ray
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

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possession limit4


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Bag and possession limits are for sharks and rays other than school, gummy, mako, blue, or elephantfish combined. Boat limit is for all shark and ray species combined, excluding elephantfish.

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Minimum size


Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.

Other names

banjo shark, fiddler ray

Scientific name

Trygonorrhina dumerilii

Grows to

Up to

1.5 metres

Identifying features

​The southern fiddler ray is dark brown above light brown elsewhere with distinctive broad pale stripes with brown edges across its back.  There are small spines along the back.

Area Restriction

Do not take in shark refuge areas. 


Sand coastal areas down to 40 metres, seagrass beds and near wharves and jetties.

Fishing Information

Not normally targeted but caught as bycatch for other species such as flathead or gummy sharks.


Handle carefully due to the small sharp spines along the back. 


These rays are edible and meat is similar in taste to gummy shark.​


Fishwatch Report illegal fishing

0427 655 557

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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550