Snout sharp, slender, and very much elongated, the lateral margins parallel near the tip: skin smooth: one or three rows of spines on the tail: colour beneath plain white, without spots.

R. Oxyrhinchus, Mont, in Wern. Mem. vol. ii. p. 423. Sharp-nosed Ray, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. ii. p. 83. Id. (Edit. 1812). vol. iii. p. 113. but not pl. 11.

Length

Six feet and upwards.

Description

(Form). Differs from the last species, which it very much resembles, in having the snout more slender, the margins, in a moderately sized fish, running nearly parallel to each other for three or four inches at the extremity: teeth longer, and not so closely compacted: skin perfectly smooth: three rows of spines on the tail, when arrived at maturity. {Colours). Upper parts of a plain brown colour, without spots or lines: under parts white, also without spots. Mont.

This species, which I have not seen, is represented by authors as not very uncommon in the British seas. Like the last it attains to a great size. One obtained by Pennant in the Menai measured nearly seven feet in length, and live feet two inches in breadth. Montagu states that specimens have been taken of which the computed weight was above five hundred pounds. As, however, in the case of R. Batis, the name of Oxyrhinchus has been applied at different times to two or more perfectly distinct species, and it is impossible to state whether we have not in our seas more than one to which that name has been given. For this reason I have not annexed any references except to Pennant and Montagu, whose descriptions alone (of all our English authors) appear original, and can with any certainty be referred to the same species. Whether the present one be synonymous with the Oxyrhinchus of Willughby*, I consider very doubtful. The R. Oxyrhinchus of Bloch † , as well as that of Blainville ‡, appear quite distinct.