Animal Species:Eastern Angelshark, Squatina albipunctata Last & White, 2008

The Eastern Angelshark is covered with fine white spots.  It occurs along the east coast of Australia.

Australian Fur Seal eating an Eastern Angelshark

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Standard Common Name

Eastern Angelshark

Identification

It has a pattern of fine white spots but lacks ocelli and dark spots.  There are spines near the eyes but none down the middle of the disk.

Distribution

The species occurs along the east coast of Australia. 

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Squatina albipunctata

Habitat

It has been recorded from depths between 35 m and 415 m.

Classification

Species:
albipunctata
Genus:
Squatina
Family:
Squatinidae
Order:
Squatiniformes
Class:
Chondrichthyes
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Edition 2. CSIRO. Pp. 644, Pl. 1-91.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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