Scientific name Squatina squatina
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category CR
Family Squatinidae
Genus Squatina
Squatina squatina Squatina squatina


Squatina squatina, commonly known as angelshark, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    150 cm
  • Maximum size
    245 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    150 cm
  • Maximum size
    245 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern

How to recognize the angelshark ?

The angelshark measures around 150 cm. The females are more imposing and some specimens can reach 245 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly marron, beige and gris body. The also has blanc ponctuations.

Sexual dimorphism

The female is bigger than the male.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The angelshark is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous . This fish lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. However, the angelshark has little concern for non-territorial animals.


  • Reproduction

The angelshark is a fish ovovivipare.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous
  • Bite

This species can attack if it feels threatened. It is important to be particularly vigilant especially during dives or fishing sessions.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    15 - 25 °C
  • Depth
    5 - 150 m

Biotope presentation

The angelshark is most often found at a depth between 5m and 150m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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