ANGEL SHARK

(MONKFISH)

Squatina squatina (Linnaeus, 1758)

 

Usual Size Known to at least 183cm, although may reach 244cm.
UK Record Weight

BOAT 66lb

SHORE Vacant

Identification A Compressed body - with the upper side a light sandy brown and the under side usually white
Habitat Shallow water dwelling shark and close inshore although found to depths of 150m. Prefers mud and sandy bottoms where the shark can bury itself to ambush prey.
Range Eastern North Atlantic to the Canary Islands - mainly inshore waters
Food Mostly flatfish, crustaceans (crabs) and molluscs
Reproduction Ovoviviparous (egg layer) - eggs 6/8cm diameter between 9/20 eggs - newly hatched size 20/30cm.
  • Females mature at between 126/167cm
Additional Notes Assumed to be the transitional species between sharks and rays. A powerful shark..
References A Field Guide to The Sharks of British Coastal Waters - Vas 1991 FAO Species Catalogue 4 - Sharks of The World - Compagno Fishes of the North-Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean - Whitehead, Bauchot, Hureau, Nielsen, Tortonese Key to the Fishes of Northern Europe - Wheeler

 

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