Squatina albipunctata  Last & White, 2008

Eastern Angel Shark
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Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Squatiniformes (Angel sharks) > Squatinidae (Angel sharks)
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 Ecology

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)

Short description 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).

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Pacific: Australia. Occurs off eastern Australia between Cairns, Queensland and Lakes Entrance, Victoria (Ref. 74939).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Compagno, Leonard J.V. | Collaborators

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. 96402)

  Vulnerable (VU) (A2bd)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00724 (0.00272 - 0.01929), b=3.04 (2.80 - 3.28), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)Family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.0   ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (42 of 100) .