Similar to other species of its Family (Squatinedae), the Pacific Angel Shark (Squatina californica) has a bentonic habitat. This means that the Angel Shark spends its time partially buried in the bottom of coastal waters where waits for its prey. Here we include some data about this interesting animal.
- Pelvic and pectoral fins broadly expanded laterally
- Head with nostrils with barbells
- Dorsal fins located behind the pelvics fins
- Teeth of both jaws with a sort of narrow cusp, not sawn.
- Anal fin absent, body flattened as in rays
- Pectoral fins separated from head, so head and neck are clearly defined
HABITAT AND BIOLOGY
It inhabits tropical waters, demersal and coastal species, ovoviviparous, hosts between 6 and 8 embryos
Mollusc, crustacean, small fishes, organic matter
Incedently catched by demerasal longline vessels (bottom lines) and trawl nets.
In Costa Rica its meat is not marketed so it is usually discarded
CONSERVATION STATUS (IUCN red list)
Guía para la identificación de las especies de tiburones más comunes del Pacífico de Costa Rica (this publication is available only in spanish)