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 Sawback angelshark (Squatina aculeata)

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 Photo

Sawback angelshark
No image of Sawback angelshark found in the Shark Database
 Range Map

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 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Angelsharks (Squatiniformes)
    Family: Angelsharks (Squatinidae)
      Genus: Squatina (Squatina)


 Name

Scientific: Squatina aculeata
German: Sägerücken-Engelshai
English: Sawback angelshark, Monkfish
French: Ange de mer epineux
Spanish: Angelote espinudo


 Appearance

Flat, ray-like appearance. Heavily fringed nasal barbels. Mouth terminally positioned. Eyes "on top" of head with spiracles behind the eyes. Pectoral fins not attached to head. Both dorsal fins posteriorly positioned on peduncle. Origin of first dorsal fin above the free rear ends of pelvic fins. One row of dorsal spines well developed on back. Lower lobe of caudal fin longer than upper one. No anal fin.

 Coloration

Uniformly colored, no ocelli present.

 Distribution

Eastern Atlantic: Western Mediterranean, Morroco, Senegal, Guinea to Nigeria, Gabon to Angola.

 Biology

Lives on or close to the bottom over the continental shelf and uppermost slope, between 30 and 500 m.

 Feeding

Feeds on small sharks and jacks.

 Size

Maximum length about 190 cm, average length between 140 and 160 cm.

 Reproduction

Ovoviviparous (aplacental viviparous). Maturity is reached with a length of approximately 124 cm.

 Similar Species

Two other angelsharks overlap with the distribution of the sawback angelshark, the Smoothback angelshark and the Angelshark and taxonomic features have to be used to clearly identify species.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List:


No Entry found in Red List.


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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