Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Squatiniformes
(Angel sharks) > Squatinidae
Etymology: Squatina: Latin, squatina, -ae = a kind of shark (Ref. 45335); albipunctata: distinctive white-spotted colour pattern (Ref. 74939). More on author: Last.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 37 - 415 m (Ref. 74939). Tropical; 17°S - 38°S
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 98.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 74939); 56.6 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 134 - 139. Body robust, strongly depressed anteriorly, firm. Trunk similarly depressed, almost ray-like,
deepest over abdomen. Not tapering abruptly at pelvic-fin insertion, tail strongly depressed, even at origin of caudal fin. Abdomen moderately elongate. Head broad, extended laterally, strongly depressed; oval in cross-section; Pectoral fins very large, expanded, base very fleshy; Pelvic fins large, elongate; Dorsal fins similar in size and shape, somewhat upright, close together; Dermal denticles densely covering entire dorsal surface of body (Ref. 74939).
Pacific: Australia. Occurs off eastern Australia between Cairns, Queensland and Lakes Entrance, Victoria (Ref. 74939).
Last, P.R. and W.T. White, 2008. Three new angel sharks (Chondrichthyes:Squatinidae) from the Indo-Australian region. Zootaxa 1734:1-26. (Ref. 74939)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00933 (0.00331 - 0.02635), b=3.02 (2.77 - 3.27), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (51 of 100) .