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Squatina pseudocellata  Last White, 2008,,

Western 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);  pseudocellata: The epithet is a combination of the Latin pseudo (meaning false) and ocellata (ocelli) referring to the indistinct ocellate markings on the pectoral fins (Ref. 74939).   More on author: Last.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 150 - 312 m (Ref. 74939).   Tropical; 18°S - 25°S

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 75.1 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 74939); 64.0 cm TL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Body strongly depressed anteriorly, firm. Trunk strongly 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. Dermal denticles covering entire dorsal surface of body; less dense, absent on posterior borders of fins (Ref. 74939).

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Indian Ocean: Australia. Endemic to tropical and subtropical Western Australia between Port Hedland and Dorre Island; demersal on the outer continental shelf and upper slope in depths of 150-312 m (Ref. 74939).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=-2.03000 (nan - nan), b=3.02 (2.77 - 3.27), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.9   ±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 (40 of 100) .