Guide to Shark Identification

Order Squatiniformes Angel Sharks

All angel sharks are inhabitants of sandy or muddy plains, often in the deep-sea or adjacent to shallow-water rocky reefs.  All squatinoids share the following characteristics:

Family Squatinidae Angel Sharks

Since the angel shark order contains only a single family, the characteristics of the family Squatinidae are the same as those for the squatinoid order.

Pacific Angel Shark (Squatina californica)

What to Look For:

Size:  average length 2 to 3 feet (60 to 100 centimetres), maximum to 5 feet (1.5 metres)

Habitat:  Sandy Plains, Rocky Reefs, Kelp Forests

Distribution:  Temperate Eastern Pacific, Tropical Eastern Pacific, Chilean

Ecological profiles of the Pacific Angel Shark


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Text and illustrations R. Aidan Martin
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