Image: Australian Angelshark Illustration
Australian Angelsharks live on sandy seabeds, in the coastal areas of southern Australia.
- Andrew Howells
- © Australian Museum
- Common name:
- Australian Angel Shark
- Scientific name:
- Squatina australis
Australian Angelsharks live on sandy seabeds, in the coastal areas of southern Australia. They can be found down to depths of 130 m.
Australian Angelsharks eat small bony fishes, crabs, lobsters and octopuses.
They catch their food by hiding beneath a layer of sand with just their eyes visible. When something swims past they jump out and quickly thrust out their jaws to catch it with their needle-like teeth.
Australian Angelsharks' teeth are sharp and pointed. They use them to hold food before it is swallowed.
Australian Angelsharks can grow up to 1.5 m long.
Australian Angelsharks give birth to as many as 20 live young at a time.
Australian Angelsharks are not dangerous unless they are harassed.
Although Angelsharks look a lot like rays they have their gills on the side of their head and their mouth at the front of their head (rays have their gills and mouth underneath their head).