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 Sawback angelshark (Squatina aculeata)

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Sawback angelshark
No image of Sawback angelshark found in the Shark Database
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


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


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.


Uniformly colored, no ocelli present.


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


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


Feeds on small sharks and jacks.


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


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.


Status in the IUCN Red List:

No Entry found in Red List.

 Danger to Humans


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