Sawback angel shark

Reproduction is ovoviviparous.

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The Sawback angel shark lives in the demersal, marine, depth range 30 - 500 m environment.

The Sawback angel shark is classified as Critically Endangered (CR), facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

* Squatina aculeata - sawback angel shark (found in the Mediterranean Sea and along the coast of Africa) * Squatina africana - African angel shark * Squatina argentina - Argentine angel shark * More

The Sawback Angel Shark Squatina aculeata is found from the Mediterranean to Namibia. It has a distinctive row of thorns running along the centre line of its back. It is usually found in deeper water from 30 to 500m. More

Common names

Akanthorina in Greek (Ελληνικά)
Akanthorina in Greek, Modern (1453)
Ange de mer épineux in French (français)
Àngel espinós in Catalan (Català)
Angelote espinoso in Spanish (español)
Angelote espinudo in Spanish (español)
Anjo-espinhoso in Portuguese (Português)
Ehoua-din in Fon
Ehoua-din in Fon GBE
Engelhaai in Afrikaans
Gestekelde zee-engel in Dutch (Nederlands)
Peixe-anjo in Portuguese (Português)
Ruskomerienkeli in Finnish (suomen kieli)
Savrygget havengel in Danish (dansk)
Sawback angel shark in English
sawback angelshark in English
Squadrolino in Italian (Italiano)
Squatina aculeata in French (français)
Tagghavsängel in Swedish (Svenska)
Άγγελος in Greek (Ελληνικά)
Ακανθορίνα in Greek (Ελληνικά)
Ακανθορίνα in Greek, Modern (1453)
Βιολί in Greek (Ελληνικά)
Βιολόψαρο in Greek (Ελληνικά)
疣突扁鯊 in Mandarin Chinese
疣突扁鲨 in Mandarin Chinese

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Order : Squatiniformes
Family : Squatinidae
Genus : Squatina
Species : Squatina aculeata
Authority : Cuvier, 1829