Squatina oculata Bonaparte, 1840
Smoothback angelshark
Squatina oculata
photo by FAO

 Family:  Squatinidae (Angel sharks)
 Max. size:  160 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 5 - 500 m
 Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Mediterranean and Morocco to Angola.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0. An angelshark with large thorns on snout and above eyes but not on midback, weakly bifurcated nasal barbels and weakly fringed anterior nasal flaps, the first dorsal-fin origin usually well behind the rear tips of pelvic fin, and prominent white spots on body (Ref. 247)
 Biology:  Found on sand and mud bottom (Ref. 26999) of continental shelves and upper slopes (Ref. 247). Mostly between 50 and 100 m but deeper in the tropics (Ref. 247). Feeds on small fishes (Ref. 247). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449). Utilized fresh and dried salted for human consumption; liver oil and hide also used (Ref. 247).
 IUCN Red List Status: Critically Endangered (A2bcd+3cd+4bcd) (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  traumatogenic
 Country info:   

 Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
 Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 04.02.04
 Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 16.03.94

Source and more info: www.fishbase.org. For personal, classroom, and other internal use only. Not for publication.

Page created by Jen, 05.08.02, php script by kbanasihan 06/09/2010 ,  last modified by dsantos, 20/08/10