Squatina africana

REGAN, 1908


African angelshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Squatiniformes Squatinidae

Reference of the original description
REGAN, C.T. (1908)
A collection of fishes from the coasts of Natal, Zululand, and Cape Colony. Annals of the Natal Museum, 1 (3): 241–255, pl. 37–42

Types
Squatina africana
Holotype: BMNH: 1906.11.19.21;


Description :


Citation: Squatina africana REGAN, 1908: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 02/2021

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Squatina africana REGAN, 1908 © FAO, www.fish-base.org
Common names
spa Angelote africano, fra \(T\) Ange de mer africain, eng African angel shark, eng African angelshark, por Anjo africano, por Anjo-do-leste-africano

Short Description
A distinctly flattened shark with large pectoral fins separated from the round head by notches [536]. Brown above with a reticulated pattern of light spots, white below [536].

Distribution
Western Indian Ocean: tropical and warm temperate waters from Tanzania to the eastern Cape coast of South Africa.
First record: 2018: off Lakshadweep (11°5′47″ N; 72°2′21″ E), India in September 2016 [26332]; Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: subsistence fisheries; gamefish: yes

Biology
Ovoviviparous, with about 7 to 11 young in a litter. Size at birth between 28 and 34 cm. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733].

Size / Weight / Age
80.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [518]); 108 cm TL (female)

Habitat
demersal; marine; depth range ? - 494 m [536], usually 60 - 300 m [536]

Remarks
shark-references Species-ID=6888;