Fish Identification: Find Species

Class: Elasmobranchii
Order: Squatiniformes
Family: Squatinidae Angel sharks

Genus: Squatina

(See list of species below)

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26 species
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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Squatina aculeata Sawback angelshark Eastern Atlantic 188 TL 1829
Squatina africana African angelshark Western Indian Ocean 108 TL 1908
Squatina albipunctata Eastern Angel Shark Pacific 98.5 TL 2008
Squatina argentina Argentine angelshark Southwest Atlantic 170 TL 1930
Squatina armata Southeast Pacific 95 TL 1887
Squatina australis Australian angelshark Eastern Indian Ocean 152 TL 1906
Squatina caillieti Western Pacific 32.8 TL 2011
Squatina californica Pacific angelshark Eastern Pacific 152 TL 1859
Squatina david David’s Angel Shark Western Atlantic 78.7 TL 2016
Squatina dumeril Atlantic angel shark Western Atlantic 152 TL 1818
Squatina formosa Taiwan angleshark North Western Pacific 55.4 TL 1972
Squatina guggenheim Angular angel shark Southwest Atlantic 130 TL 1936
Squatina heteroptera Disparate angel shark Western Atlantic 49 TL 2007
Squatina japonica Japanese angelshark Northwest Pacific 200 TL 1858
Squatina leae Lea’s angel shark Western Indian Ocean 87 TL 2023
Squatina legnota Indonesian Angel Shark Indian Ocean 134.1 TL 2008
Squatina mapama Small-crested angelshark Westen Central Atlantic 40 TL 2021
Squatina mexicana Mexican angel shark Western Atlantic 88 TL 2007
Squatina nebulosa Clouded angelshark Northwest Pacific 163 TL 1906
Squatina occulta Hidden angel shark Southwest Atlantic 156 TL 1991
Squatina oculata Smoothback angelshark Eastern Atlantic 160 TL 1840
Squatina pseudocellata Western angelshark Eastern Indian Ocean 75.1 TL 2008
Squatina squatina Angelshark Northeast Atlantic 244 TL 1758
Squatina tergocellata Ornate angelshark Eastern Indian Ocean 135 TL 1914
Squatina tergocellatoides Ocellated angelshark Northwest Pacific 63 TL 1963
Squatina varii Southwestern Atlantic 132 TL 2018

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